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Chance of bird flu mutating into virus transmissible between humans is “very low”

BMJ 2006; 332 doi: (Published 13 April 2006) Cite this as: BMJ 2006;332:873
  1. Michael Day
  1. London

    Scientists are continuing to test dead birds on Scotland's east coast after the discovery there of a dead swan infected with H5N1 influenza, in what was the United Kingdom's first official case of the infection. An emergency telephone line set up after the incident has received thousands of reported sightings of dead birds, but no further cases have emerged, and senior officials have sought to downplay the risk to human health.

    As the BMJ went to press, David King, the government's chief scientific adviser, said that bird flu was “absolutely …

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