China culls birds as bird flu deaths mount | Reuters

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SHANGHAI/HONG KONG (Reuters) – Chinese authorities slaughtered over 20,000 birds on Friday at a poultry market in the financial hub Shanghai as the death toll from a new strain of bird flu mounted to six,…

Ed Rybicki‘s insight:

"The gene sequences confirm that this is an avian virus, and that it is a low pathogenic form (meaning it is likely to cause mild disease in birds)," said Wendy Barclay, a flu virologist at Britain’s Imperial College London.

"But what the sequences also reveal is that there are some mammalian adapting mutations in some of the genes."

 

Sinister…but interesting that a LPAI should be so lethal in humans??

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