Study discovers bird flu antibodies in raccoons

04/9/2009 | Daily Yomiuri (Japan), The

A Japanese study has found H5N1 bird flu antibodies in 10 of 988 raccoons captured since 2005. The finding marks the first time that the antibodies, signs of previous bird flu infection, have been found in mammals in the country. The researchers are calling for countermeasures as the infected raccoons may transmit the virus to farm chickens.

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