Have you heard of “bird flu” in the media? It might be surprising to know that there are actually many kinds of flu that infect wild and domestic birds. Avain Influenza A(H7N9) is one of a subgroup of influenza viruses that normally circulate among birds. Until recently, this virus had not been seen in people. However, human infections have now been detected.
There have been more than 109 confirmed cases of the H7N9 virus in China, included 22 deaths, accoring to the WHO (World Health Organization). H7N9 is not currently demonstrating human to human transmission. At this time H7N9 could theoreticaly become a pandemic, however whether or not it actually will is still unknown.
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