Friday, January 13, 2006

Japan: Mild Bird Flu Too Risky to Ignore (H5N2)

The world's first confirmed human cases of a weaker strain of bird flu are too "risky to ignore", even though none of those affected has health problems, Japanese officials warned. The H5N2 strain -- a milder form of the H5N1 which has killed more than 70 people in Asia since 2003 and two people in Turkey -- needs global attention because it could mutate, they said Wednesday.

"There is no health risk for those infected workers, but as long as the virus is a type of H5- strain, it is risky to ignore it," said a researcher at the National Institute of Infectious Diseases.

"In the past there was a case that a mild strain eventually transformed to a lethal one for chickens," warned the scientist, who declined to give his name in line with institute policy. Read More ....

Source: TodayOnline

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