Mixture of flu viruses can create highly virulent strains

02/23/2010 | Reuters

U.S. researchers who conducted experiments on mice found that a combination of H5N1 bird flu strain and seasonal H3N2 virus can develop into highly virulent strains by swapping genes. "Our findings highlight the importance of surveillance programs to monitor the emergence of human H5 reassortant viruses," they wrote in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

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