Table 2

 Microbiological findings in induced sputum

Healthy controls(N = 30)Mild asthma(N = 53)Moderate asthma(N = 50)p value*
RSV, respiratory syncytial virus.
2 test or Fisher’s exact test as appropriate.
Adenovirus000
Enterovirus2 (6.7%)01 (2%)0.118
RSV000
Rhinovirus2 (6.7%)5 (9.4%)8 (16.0%)0.438
Chlamydia pneumoniae 9 (30%)10 (18.9%)8 (16%)0.304
Mycoplasma pneumoniae 1 (3.3%)000.226
Bordetella pertussis 3 (10%)7 (13%)3 (6%)0.561