Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Doctors advised how to spot bird flu in patients in BRITAIN as virus continues to mutate at an alarming rate

A deadly bird flu virus sweeping through China has taken the first steps towards becoming a global threat to humans, experts have revealed.

In the space of one month, the avian strain known as H7N9 has spread through all 31 Chinese provinces and claimed 125 victims, killing a fifth of those infected.

Scientists say it is mutating rapidly and already has two of five genetic changes believed to be necessary for human-to-human transmission.

Experts speaking in London today said there was no room for complacency over H7N9, and warned against the mistake of assuming it was a far-away foreign problem.