Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Siberian researchers start studying H7N9 flu strain

Researchers at the Vektor state virology and bioengineering research center, based in Novosibirsk, plan to study a strain of the H7N9 flu virus, brought from China, Vektor's research and international cooperation director, Raisa Martynyuk, told Interfax.

"We received the strain on Monday and we are working on it. We are to find out how it reacts to drugs already available, how effective the known methods of treatment are, how it multiplies and many other things," she said.

Martynyuk also said that differences are to be established between the pathogenic effects of this strain compared to others, including H5N1 and the pandemic H1N1, she said.