Friday, March 13, 2015

Bird flu H7N9 in China has a chance to become a global pandemic


The current bird flu epidemic in China, H7N9, jumps to humans more easily than does H5N1 and could become a pandemic threat, the journal Nature reports, with the secondary story in the Washington Post today on p. A3 by Lenny Bernstein, link here.  Fatalities in China from H7N9 have increased rapidly.
   
Bird Flu is exacerbated in China because in some communities people live in very close proximity to feed and livestock.
 

There would be an obvious question as to why more is not done about a vaccine for people, ahead of time, even before next flu season. 

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