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New strain of 'deadly' bird flu

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Posted in Science on 5th Feb, 2014 11:20 PM by AlexMuller

Experts are concerned about the spread of a new strain of bird flu that has already killed one woman in China. The 73-year-old from Nanchang City caught the H10N8 virus after visiting a live poultry market, although it is not known for sure if this was the source of infection. A second person has since become infected in China's Jiangxi province.

 
Scientists told The Lancet the potential for it to become a pandemic "should not be underestimated". This particular strain of influenza A virus has not been seen before. In recent months, China has already been coping with an outbreak of a similar influenza virus called H7N9, which has killed around a quarter of those infected.
 
Scientists who have studied the new H10N8 virus say it has evolved some genetic characteristics that may allow it to replicate efficiently in humans. The concern is that it could ultimately be able to spread from person to person, although experts stress that there is no evidence of this yet.
 
Dr Mingbin Liu from Nanchang City Centre for Disease Control and Prevention said: "A second case of H10N8 was identified in Jiangxi province, China, on 26 January 2014. This is of great concern because it reveals that the H10N8 virus has continued to circulate and may cause more human infections in future."

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Author: Guest
Posted: 2014-02-06
+2
New bird flu virus is indeed a concern. H10N8 could prove deadly- warning is clear. The real question is what can be done to prevent pandemic Reply
Author: Guest
Posted: 2014-02-06
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A strains of the influenza virus do not normally infect humans, but some particularly virulent strains, such as H10N8, can and will- we need to work on vaccines
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Author: Guest
Posted: 2014-02-06
+2
Yes, there is concern that the virus could mutate to become more easily transmissible between humans, raising the possibility of an influenza pandemic Reply
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Author: Guest
Posted: 2014-02-06
+1
The big problem is when viruses cross the species barrier from birds or animals to humans. It is very unlikely that we will have prior immunity to protect us. Reply


 

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