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Old February 22nd, 2008, 05:44 AM
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Feb 22, 2008
Thailand detects minor mutation in bird flu virus
BANGKOK - OUTBREAKS of bird flu in Thailand last month were caused by a strain of the virus that had slightly mutated from earlier cases but did not pose a greater health risk, officials said on Friday. The deadly H5N1 virus was detected among chickens last month in the provinces of Pichit and Nakorn Sawan.
After studies, scientists found that the virus had undergone minute changes but appeared to pose no greater threat to humans than earlier cases of bird flu, said Sakchai Sriboonsue, director general of the livestock department.
'According to our research team, the virus's genes have gradually changed from those of the H5N1 strain found in previous outbreaks. But there is little change in the harm it can cause to animals or humans,' Sakchai told a press conference.
Scientists have long feared the the H5N1 virus could mutate to a form that passes easily among humans, causing a global flu pandemic.
Yong Poovorawan, chief of the department's research team, said the existing strain remained a threat and urged people to closely follow the government's prevention guidelines.
He noted that the disease's mortality rate in humans is about 70 per cent.
H5N1 has killed more than 200 people and ravaged poultry flocks worldwide since 2003, according to the World Health Organisation.
Thailand, the world's fourth-largest exporter of poultry, was criticized for being slow to respond to the first outbreak of bird flu, but now is considered one of the countries best prepared to battle the disease. -- AFP
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Old February 22nd, 2008, 05:49 AM
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changed more than usual/expected ?
reassortment ?

edit : I just found the same sort of questions here: http://afludiary.blogspot.com/

it's this trend to reduce the information content of statements
by unclear,general formulations.
I'm interested in expert panflu damage estimates
my current links: http://bit.ly/hFI7H ILI-charts: http://bit.ly/CcRgT
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Old February 22nd, 2008, 11:47 AM
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Default Re: minor mutation in bird flu virus

Originally Posted by gsgs View Post
changed more than usual/expected ?
reassortment ?

edit : I just found the same sort of questions here: http://afludiary.blogspot.com/

it's this trend to reduce the information content of statements
by unclear,general formulations.
No scientist calls reassortment a "mutation".
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