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Saturday, April 6, 2013
Worrying Traits of H7N9 Bird Flu Strain Concern Experts
[editing is mine] by Kathy Jones on April 06, 2013
Experts say that a mutated bird flu virus that has killed six people in
China displays worrying traits that warrant high vigilance.
"I am cautiously worried,"virologist John Oxford of the Queen Mary University of London told AFP.
"If there were four cases in Shanghai, I would be much less concerned,
but because it is so geographically widespread I think it is trying to
tell us something.
"It is not a deadly virus for chickens so it could spread in chickens
without anyone knowing it. I suspect it's probably wider than we think."
"Any influenza that jumps from an animal species to a human has pandemic
potential,"Alan Hampson, chairman of the Australian Influenza
Specialist Group, said in a statement issued by the Science Media
"If it learns to spread in humans, if it actually acquires that ability,
then it's a high likelihood that it will become pandemic."