Which bacteria put kids at risk of acute respiratory infection?

​​​​​​​The most common nasal microbiome is the least protective, study suggests
Clare Pain
Infant girl coughing

Having a nasal microbiome dominated by bacteria of the genus Moraxella puts young children at increased risk of acute respiratory infections, according to the largest study in infants to date.

The Finnish study analysed nasal swabs from 839 healthy two-month-olds and followed the children until the age of two to see whether their nasal microbiome affected their risk of acute respiratory infection.