Alert over bird flu outbreaks in China

Late last week the WHO published an assessment on the risk posed to humans by the highly pathogenic avian influenza strain A(H5N6) (HPAI), which has this year been responsible for 26 infections (25 in China and one in Laos) - almost all had exposure to poultry. The H5N6 strain is one of several HPAI viruses which reported in up to 40 countries, following wild bird migration patterns. An AFluDiary post observed that, ‘Given the continual evolution of avian flu viruses - and their ability to reassort amongst themselves - new threats can always arise with little warning’. Read more

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