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    [Source: Science, full text: (LINK). Extract, edited.]
    <CITE>Published Online January 19 2012 - <ABBR>Science</ABBR> 10 February 2012: Vol. 335 no. 6069 pp. 662-663 - DOI: 10.1126/science.1218376 </CITE>
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    <CITE></CITE>Policy Forum - Public Health and BIosecurity

    Restricted Data on Influenza H5N1 Virus Transmission


    Ron A. M. Fouchier*, Sander Herfst, Albert D. M. E. Osterhaus

    Author Affiliations: Department of Virology, Erasmus Medical Center, Rotterdam, the Netherlands.

    *Author for correspondence. E-mail: r.fouchier@erasmusmc.nl


    Since its first detection in 1997, highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) H5N1 virus has devastated the poultry industry of numerous countries of the Eastern Hemisphere. As of January 2012, HPAI H5N1 virus caused 577 laboratory-confirmed human cases of infection, of which 340 were fatal. Sustained human-to-human transmission has not been reported. Whether this virus may acquire the ability to be transmitted via aerosols and cause a future pandemic has been a matter of intense debate in the influenza field and in public health research communities.


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