Avian H5N1 Influenza--Are We Inching Closer to a Global Pandemic?

Sampathkumar, Priya; Maki, Dennis G.
December 2005
Mayo Clinic Proceedings;Dec2005, Vol. 80 Issue 12, p1552
Academic Journal
The article examines the threat posed by avian influenza. What concerns public health officials about the avian influenza is the documented transmission of a virulent virus to humans. The virus resulted in respiratory illness in 18 adults, 6 of whom died. The outbreak expanded into other regions. Morality in infected patients remains high. On the brighter side, human-to-human transmission of the virus remains very limited.


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