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Ageing and infection

Average life expectancy throughout developed countries has rapidly increased during the latter half of the 20th century and geriatric infectious diseases have become an increasingly important issue. Infections in the elderly are more frequent and more severe. This article addresses four aspects of the association between ageing and infection. It looks at particularities of infections in the elderly, increased sensitivity to infection, infection as a cause of ageing and ethical aspects of infections such as the the decision whether or not to treat an infectious disease. Lancet Infect Dis 2002;2: 659–66.

Author: Gavazzi G, Heinz KrausE K

Published: 01/01/2002

Publication Type: Journal article

Publisher: Lancet