Tuesday, July 31, 2012

BEWARE OF H3N8

Here we go again?

Another year, another bird flu that we should be worried about!

This time it originates in New England where 162 harbor seal pups were killed by H3N8, a flu subtype that has crossed over from birds to dogs and horses in the past.The issue is that this virus has done something that no other strain has been able to do, pass from seal to seal.

So, now the question is can this virus be passed from mammal to mammal, more to the point, can humans catch the H3N8 from seals?

Like pigs, seals can carry both bird flu and mammal flu simultaneously, thus ultimately producing new, hybrid strains.

Just another something to add to your anxiety closet for 2012!


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