Friday, May 24, 2013

H7N9: The New Bird Flu Will Spread More Easily Among Humans Than Other Bird Flu Strains

Close contact with someone infected with the new bird flu strain, H7N9, is likely to get you sick, according to a new study published today, May 23, in the journal Science.

The virus isn't that great at passing through the air, though, so in order to contract the virus you would need to stand and talk with the sick person for about 15 minutes.

Currently, 131 people have gotten sick with the new virus, and 36 have died. Hong Kong researchers are guessing that 90 to 120 more cases could exist, though cases have slowed in recent weeks.

"This study was designed to give us clues about the transmission of H7N9 which has affected some humans in China," study researcher David Kelvin, of the University of Toronto, said in a statement.

http://www.businessinsider.com/h7n9-adapted-to-spread-among-mammals-2013-5