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avian influenza

Miquel Porta

Edited by John M. Last

in A Dictionary of Public Health

Second edition


Published online May 2018 | e-ISBN: 9780191844386

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A lethal strain of the influenza virus designated H5N1 that began to affect poultry in Southeast Asia in 2003. It is transmissible to humans and has a high case fatality rate. Evidence on human-to-human transmission is equivocal. It can be carried over long distances by migratory birds. It is a potential causal agent for dangerous human epidemics. See ...

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