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  • 1 Szeged University Department of Medical Microbiology Dóm tér 10 H-6720 Szeged
  • 2 Szeged University Department of Medical Microbiology Dóm tér 10 H-6720 Szeged
  • 3 Szeged University Department of Medical Microbiology Dóm tér 10 H-6720 Szeged
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The inability of traditional risk factors such as hypercholesterolemia, hypertension, and smoking to explain the incidence of atherosclerosis (AT) in about 50% of the cases prompted a  search for additional putative risk factors involved in the development of the disease. Infectious agents have long been suspected to initiate/contribute to the process of AT. It has also been suggested that inflammation, either related to infectious agents or independent from infection,  may mediate the atherogenic process [1, 2].

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