London: Scientists have now backed that starving a fever, the cure recommended in old wives` tale, indeed works.They believe that food can accelerate the spread of infections.A team of scientists from Edinburgh University found that well-fed water fleas were more contagious than those given less to eat.Their study, published in the journal Biology Letters, found that some of the well-fed fleas also lived longer, giving them more time to multiply and spread infection.Nutrition may also play an important role in the spread of disease, said scientists, adding that the finding may lead to new ways to monitor the spread of infections in large populations.
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