Less virulent bird flu may infect humans

  1. Italian researchers say they've determined, for the first time, a less-virulent strain of avian influenza virus might spread from poultry to humans.

    Crossing the species barrier is an important step in the development of a flu virus with pandemic potential, the scientists noted. Previous studies have focused on the ability of highly pathogenic bird flu strains, such as H5N1 in Asia, spreading to humans.

    The new study, however, shows less pathogenic strains are also capable of jumping to humans.

    Isabella Donatelli of Istituto Superiore di Sanita in Rome and colleagues studied outbreaks in northern Italy occurring among poultry between 1999 and 2003.

    The investigators said their work provides the first serologic evidence of transmission of low pathogenic strains of avian influenza virus to humans during an outbreak in domestic poultry.

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  3. by   Judee Smudee
    News report today says Romanian officials report bad outbreak among domestic poultry. No reports of it jumping to humans at this time. Remember, no one knows what this virus is going to do. This virus does not know what it is going to do. This is the first time the bird flu has reached Europe. Even though it is in Western Europe at this time the bird flu will most likely be spread thoughout Europe by this time next year. Last night on the news they said that if this flu finally mutates to a form that jumps from easily from human to human the first case will be in USA in 24 hours. Like I said in above post. It may or may not mutate into form that infects humans and transfers from human to human easily. Also there is some question about how sever a strain it would be if it did mutate.
    Last edit by Judee Smudee on Oct 9, '05 : Reason: more information