New mutated virus from the known H7N9 has been identified in China – yes a relative of the H5N1 Influenza A subtype, you may recall from ‘avian flu’ outbreak in China from 2006-2008
However features of this bird flu strain make it more dangerous:
-injected poultry do not show signs of illness
-can spreads to other animals, found already in pigs
-spreads to humans, severe pneumonias in those that have contact with injected animals.
-deaths have started to be recorded in China’s eastern province
The good news – if you can think of any aspect of this as such – China has already shared with the global medical community the virus genetic sequence. Watch news for more on this mutated virus.