Friday, May 24, 2013

H7N9 bird flu found to spread through the air

The H7N9 bird flu virus can be transmitted not only through close contact but by airborne exposure, a team at the University of Hong Kong found after extensive laboratory experiments.

Though the virus appears to have been brought under control recently, the researchers urged the Hong Kong authorities to maintain strict surveillance, which should include not only poultry but humans and pigs.

"We also found that the virus can infect pigs, which was not previously known," said Dr Maria Zhu Huachen, a research assistant professor at HKU's School of Public Health. (so it could of been the cause of the 20.000 dead pigs?)

http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1244536/h7n9-bird-flu-found-spread-through-air