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New Bird Flu Strain

New Bird Flu Strain


Scientists have announced a new "Bird Flu" strain that can be transmitted directly to people.


Researchers have identified the first human case of H6N1 that can apparently jump directly from chickens to a person.

They published their findings in the journal Lancet, and they say they're very concerned about the rise of flu strains used to stay within bird species.

Scientists in Taiwan speculate that a version of the virus in chickens may have mutated just enough to be able to latch onto cells in a person's nasal and airway passages, and that means this version of the flu could potentially spread through the air. 

- Rob Archer
 

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