Friday, August 23, 2013

Scientists discover new bird flu virus ‘worse than H7N9’

Hong Kong team finds new H7 flu strain in chickens in southeast China
August 22, 2013

"The continuing prevalence of H7 viruses in poultry could lead to the generation of highly pathogenic variants and further sporadic human infections," they wrote in the journalNature .
"If (we) let this H7N7 continue circulating in chickens, I am sure that human infection cases will occur," study co-author Guan Yi from the University of Hong Kong said.
"This virus could cause more severe infection than ... H7N9, based on our animal experiment," he said.

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