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Spread Of H5N1 Bird Flu Virus Genetically Traced To Southern China

This article was originally published in PharmAsia News

Executive Summary

Researchers studying the genetic makeup of the H5N1 avian influenza virus have located the likely source of it to the Yunnan and Hunan provinces in Southern China. The strains detected in Malaysia, Thailand and Vietnam in 2002, 2003 resembled the Yunnan Province strain, they said, while the Indonesia outbreak was related to strains in Hunan during the same period. According to the scientists in a published report, poultry trade may be responsible for the strain getting to Vietnam, but a direct link from Hunan to Indonesia was not established. (Click here for more

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