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H5N1 human pandemic ‘possible’

H5N1 human pandemic ‘possible’

21 June 2012 Last updated at 14:00 ET By Pallab Ghosh Science correspondent, BBC News The H5N1 bird flu virus could change into a form able to spread rapidly between humans, scientists have warned. Researchers have identified five genetic changes that could allow the virus to start a deadly pandemic. Writing in the journal Science 1 , they say it would be theoretically possible for these changes to occur in nature Continue reading

Avian flu viruses which are transmissible between humans could evolve in nature

Avian flu viruses which are transmissible between humans could evolve in nature

ScienceDaily (June 21, 2012) — t might be possible for human-to-human airborne transmissible avian H5N1 influenza viruses to evolve in nature, new research has found. The findings, from research led by Professor Derek Smith and Dr Colin Russell at the University of Cambridge, were published 22 June in the journal Science . Currently, avian H5N1 influenza, also known as bird flu, can be transmitted from birds to humans, but not (or only very rarely) from human to human Continue reading