Thursday, May 23, 2013

China's H7N9 Bird Flu Goes Airborne

The H7N9 bird flu virus can be transmitted not only through close contact but by airborne exposure, a team at the University of Hong Kong found after extensive laboratory experiments.

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"We also found that the virus can infect pigs, which was not previously known," said Dr Maria Zhu Huachen, a research assistant professor at HKU's School of Public Health.

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It was found the virus could spread through the air, from one cage to another, albeit less efficiently.

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There may be many more cases that have been detected or reported since "people may be transmitting the virus before they know they've even got it."

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Click image for interactive map of 'bird flu' infections.

http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2013-05-23/chinas-bird-flu-goes-airborne

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