Remember how the first bird flu, H1N1 (and most recently, H5N1, which caused 300+ deaths over a few years), caused fear and panic… but ended up being basically just a scare that withered away?
Well H7N9 should be feared. It's H1N1's dick of an older brother — the stronger, more volatile older brother! It's one of the most lethal viruses that doctors and medical investigators had faced in recent years, with a death toll already at 22, and the first case has popped up outside of China!
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Oh no! The bird flu is back and possibly deadlier than ever!
According to the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization, a mutant strain of H5N1 that is resistant to existing vaccines is spreading in China and Vietnam.
While the virus seemed to be contained after shrinking from 4000 outbreaks in bird populations at its peak to 302, nearly 800 cases were reported in 2010-2011.
8 people have died from the mutated strain of the bird flu in Cambodia alone and officials are reporting that "wild birds may introduce the virus, but people's actions in poultry production and marketing spread it."
So scary! And just in time for the terrifying new film Contagion, which may be hitting a little too close to home for the Asian film market.
[Image via WENN.]
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