Another lab generated flu ? Genetic analysis of the H7N9 virus, published in The Lancet journal, suggest the virus may have evolved from at least four other flu viruses that have mixed together in wild bird populations, ducks and domestic chickens.
Doctors warned to look out for new H7N9 bird flu virus
Doctors have been urged to look out for signs of a new strain of bird flu in patients, as experts warned it poses a “serious threat” that could cause a pandemic.
Public health officials have issued an alert to GPs and health workers asking them to report any signs of influenza in people who have recently travelled from China.
The new strain, which first emerged just over a month ago, has now claimed 24 lives in China and has infected at least 126 people.
Around 11,000 British citizens travel to China each week and around 3,500 Chinese visit this country.
Experts fear that…
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