Death from new bird-flu strain fuels pandemic fears

Feb 04, 2014, 11:31 PM EST
Workers place dead chickens into plastic bags after they were killed at the Wholesale Poultry Market in Cheung Sha Wan on January 28, 2014 in Hong Kong.
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Experts are concerned about the spread of a new strain of bird flu that has already killed one woman in China. The 73-year-old from Nanchang City caught the H10N8 virus after visiting a live poultry market, although it is not known for sure if this was the source of infection. A second person has since become infected in China's Jiangxi province. Scientists told The Lancet the potential for it to become a pandemic "should not be underestimated".

Background:

New strain of 'deadly' bird flu [BBC]

First death from new bird-flu strain fuels fears of pandemic [Globe and Mail]

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