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As the world prepares for what may be the next pandemic strain of influenza virus, in the H7N9 bird flu, a new UC Irvine study reveals that the 2009 H1N1 swine flu pandemic was deadliest for people under the age of 65, while those 65 and over had greater immunity due to previous exposure to similar viruses.
Experts with the United Nations (UN) reported Tuesday that the 2013 H7N9 bird flu outbreak that has sickened 130 people and killed 36 has been brought under control in China.
Swine flu can now officially be considered a misnomer for H1N1, as a team of American and Chilean scientists have identified it in a population of northern elephant seals living off the coast of central California.
As French health officials confirmed a second case of the new SARS-like novel coronavirus (nCoV) in that country on Sunday, the World Health Organization (WHO) reported that they believe it is likely that the illness can travel from person to person following prolonged exposure.
A novel strain of the bird flu (H7N9) that has now infected more than 100 people in China and has taken the lives of at least 22 is being called “one of the most lethal” strains known, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).
The new bird flu strain that has so far killed 11 people in China has been showing signs that it is quickly adapting to mammalian (particularly human) hosts.
- A young chicken: also used as a pet name for children.
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