Bird Flu: Is a Pandemic Looming in Our Future?
Avian Influenza (Bird Flu): H7N9
The H7N9 subtype of influenza has emerged, and numerous cases have been reported in China. Although avian influenzas can be transmitted between humans (during unprotected, close, prolonged contact between a caregiver and the patient), such spread is limited and considered “dead-end.” A bird flu pandemic would require efficient, sustained human-to-human transmission. There is no current evidence that H7N9 is spreading in this manner.
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