Monday, November 28, 2005

China Reports Avian Flu Mutating

Via Breitbart:
The H5N1 strain of bird flu seen in human cases in China has mutated as compared with strains found in human cases in Vietnam.

Chinese labs have found that the genetic order of the H5N1 virus seen in humans infected in China is different from that found in humans in Vietnam, Xinhua news agency reported Monday.

In China's human cases, the virus has mutated "to a certain degree," health ministry spokesman Mao Qun'an was quoted as saying.

"But the mutation cannot cause human-to-human transmission of the avian flu," he noted.
If the virus can mutate to the extent that it could be easily transmitted from human-to-human, health officials fear that a global pandemic could result.