Bird flu researchers suspend study of deadlier mutations – Researchers studying a potentially deadlier, airborne version of the H5N1 influenza virus, or bird flu, have voluntarily suspended their research for 60 days, according to a letter published in the journals Nature and Science on Friday.
China Reports 2nd H5N1 Bird Flu Death in Month – Both of the deaths in China were notable because neither victim reported any contact with birds in the month preceding his illness. The virus is known to spread through contact with infected birds, eggs or bird feces, but experts said a pandemic could occur were it to mutate into a form that was more easily spread.
Swine flu death toll hits nine in Mexico as cases almost double – Nine people have died from an outbreak of swine flu in Mexico, with the number of cases almost doubling in a week. Health officials have identified 573 cases of A (H1N1), up from 333 instances on Thursday. The strain represents 90 per cent of influenza cases in the country, the health ministry said in a statement yesterday. Authorities brushed aside suggestions of a new health emergency.
That’s an increase of 240 cases in four days!