First case of human infection with new bird flu virus is confirmed

BMJ 2013; 347 doi: (Published 14 November 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;347:f6862
  1. Jacqui Wise
  1. 1London

Scientists have reported that a 20 year old woman in Taiwan was infected with the wild avian influenza A H6N1 virus and said that this highlighted the need to be prepared for any possible future pandemic of avian flu.

The previously healthy woman presented to hospital with flu-like symptoms and shortness of breath in May 2013. She was treated with oseltamivir and has since recovered, said the report in the Lancet Respiratory Medicine.1

A genetic analysis of throat swab samples …

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