New strain of ‘deadly’ bird flu on the loose

New strain of ‘deadly’ bird flu on the loose

New strain of ‘deadly’ bird flu on the loose

Written by Staff Writer

05 Feb, 2014 | 6:59 am

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.

Experts are concerned that the virus could mutate to spread far and wide

Experts are concerned that the virus could mutate to spread far and wide

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.

-BBC-

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