Skip to comments.China strengthens checks after new bird flu deaths
Posted on 04/01/2013 9:34:32 PM PDT by Rabin
China's commercial hub Shanghai is stepping up monitoring after a new strain of bird flu killed two people, state media said Monday, as Taiwan announced it would screen travellers from the mainland. More than 16,000 pig carcasses were fished out of the Yangtze River Delta, after they were sickened, there might be a link between the sickened pigs and the bird flu deaths. Virologists also study pigs because they can serve as hosts for bird viruses and human viruses to mix and mutate... Bird flu strain, H5N1, may mutate to spread more easily. It has decimated poultry stocks mostly in Southeast Asia, (but) occasionally sickened people. It can be deadly when it does infect humans, killing about 60 percent of the time.
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