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More than two-thirds of mild lower respiratory tract infections are caused by viruses, researchers report.

The study, published online this week by Thorax, detected bacteria in only 24 per cent of cases, yet GPs prescribed antibiotics in 64 per cent.

The researchers, who studied 80 adults presenting to their GP, said there was a 'high rate of antibiotic prescription that is unrelated to bacterial aetiology'.

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