Avian Influenza: The Looming Threat


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Abstract

H5N1 influenza has recently appeared as a predominantly avian infection that can be transmitted to humans following exposure to infected birds. Should this virus mutate to become a human virus, the health and economic impact would be considerable. This review discusses options with regard to vaccine, antivirals, and interventions within the community and stresses the need for preparation at all levels of society.

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