Protecting the Littlest Lungs
Respiratory syncytial virus sends thousands to the hospital every year and can be fatal for young and old – but there is no treatment. Professor Richard Plemper is working to Change that.
In December 2013, a 2-year-old boy in a small village in Guinea fell ill and died. Days later his 3-year-old sister and their pregnant mother also died. That was the beginning of the largest Ebola outbreak in recorded history, during which the virus spread rapidly across West Africa, killing more than 11,000 people in two years.
Without the immune system, humans would fall victim to any virus, bacteria or germ they face, says Jian-Dong Li, director of the Institute for Biomedical Sciences and a Georgia Research Alliance Eminent Scholar in inﬂammation and immunity. And inﬂammation is one of the biggest weapons in your immune arsenal.
“It is a natural response that’s required to keep us healthy,” says Li.
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