New strain of avian flu in China is deadlier to humans than birds, researchers report

New strain of avian flu in China is deadlier to humans than birds, researchers report

Researchers in Japan and the US have analyzed the genes of a new strain of avian (bird) flu that’s killed at least 17 people in China in recent weeks, and discovered that some of the new H7N9 viruses have mutated to be more effective and deadlier in humans than they are in birds. The findings “raise concerns regarding their [the virsues'] pandemic potential,” according to the researchers, who published their findings in a paper in the journal Eurosurveillance last week. Continue reading…

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New strain of avian flu in China is deadlier to humans than birds, researchers report

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