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BMJ-British Medical Journal
The findings provide the strongest evidence yet of H7N9 transmission
between humans, but the authors stress that its ability to transmit
itself is "limited and non-sustainable."
So does this imply that H7N9 has come one step closer towards
adapting fully to humans, ask James Rudge and Richard Coker from the
London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, based in Bangkok, in an
Probably not, they say. Limited transmission between humans "is not
surprising, and does not necessarily indicate that the virus is on
course to develop sustained transmission among humans."
Nevertheless, they point to several traits of H7N9 are of particular
concern, and conclude that, while this study might not suggest that
H7N9 is any closer to delivering the next pandemic, "it does provide a
timely reminder of the need to remain extremely vigilant: the threat
posed by H7N9 has by no means passed."
Complete Article: http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2013-08/bmj-fpp080513.php