'It can kill, it nearly did': researchers uncover clue to deadly flu in healthy people

Professor Steve Turner.
Professor Steve Turner.

Journalists at The Age sought expert commentary from Professor Steve Turner on a recent Nature Communications paper from a team at Nepean Hospital. The paper focused on the immune cell neutrophils and it's involvement in health deterioration for influenza patients. Professor Turner said that more research is needed to determine whether overreacting neutrophils were causing severe influenza complications, or whether they were overreacting in response to the severity of the condition.