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    Experts warn about new bird flu strain

    NewsStrange but TrueTuesday 31 July 2012
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    According to The Telegraph, a new bird flu strain was found in a group of seals in the east coast of America. The seals were found dead last year and now experts say this new strain could pose a threat to humans.

    Humans have in some circumstances contracted and died from existing forms of bird flu, but only through close contact with infected birds, meaning such cases are extremely rare.

    Though independent researchers said it was too early to guess whether the virus could be infectious to humans, and how severe its effects might be, the new virus has evolved in a way which is known to make it more easily transmissible, in particular developing a mutation which may allow it to target a protein found in human lungs.

    "This outbreak is particularly significant, not only because of the disease it caused in seals but also because the virus has naturally acquired mutations that are known to increase transmissibility and virulence in mammals."

    Source: The Telepragh

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