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  • Nature. H5N1: Flu transmission work is urgent

    [Source: Nature, full text: (LINK). Extract.]
    H5N1: Flu transmission work is urgent


    Yoshihiro Kawaoka

    Journal name: Nature - Volume: 482, Page: 155
    Date published: (09 February 2012)
    DOI: doi:10.1038/nature10884
    Published online 25 January 2012

    Yoshihiro Kawaoka explains that research on transmissible avian flu viruses needs to continue if pandemics are to be prevented.



    Highly pathogenic avian H5N1 influenza viruses first proved lethal in humans in 1997 in Hong Kong. Since 2003, 578 confirmed infections have resulted in 340 deaths (go.nature.com/epb7ts ). Now widespread in parts of southeast Asia and the Middle East, H5N1 viruses have killed or led to the culling of hundreds of millions of birds.


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