The novel avian influenza A(H7N9) virus has infected more than 100 people, killed more than 30 and concern is growing on whether it will develop to transmit from human to human, according to experts who spoke at the 2013 General Meeting of the American Society for Microbiology in Denver.
“If that particular virus were able to spread between humans we could end up with an enormous outbreak,” said Albert Osterhaus, PhD, head of the department of viroscience, Erasmus MC University Medical Center in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, “We have to invest in pandemic preparedness.”
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