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  • The Lancet Infect Dis. A proportionate response to H7N9

    [Source: The Lancet Infectious Diseases, full text: (LINK). Extract.]
    The Lancet Infectious Diseases, Early Online Publication, 14 May 2013

    doi:10.1016/S1473-3099(13)70134-8

    A proportionate response to H7N9

    Original Text


    Since Chinese authorities first reported on March 31, 2013, the emergence of a new form of influenza A virus—H7N9—causing human disease, there has been speculation as to whether this virus will be the agent of the next influenza pandemic. The H1N1 pandemic of 2009—10 was milder and caused far fewer deaths than were predicted when that virus first emerged. As a consequence, there is understandable scepticism when health authorities warn that the next pandemic might be just around the corner. However, given the severity of illness caused by H7N9 and its high case-fatality rate, a way must be found between vigilance and fear-mongering.

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