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With the arrival of avian flu on the shores of Europe, all eyes are on the H5N1 virus now endemic in domestic and wild birds in Asia. Though human-to-human transmission has yet to be properly established, the virus is deadly: since 2003, almost half of the 120 the people who have caught H5N1 from infected birds have died.
The world may finally be facing up to the threat: the WHO and other collaborators are ramping up surveillance efforts, stockpiling anti-flu drugs and fast-tracking the development of new vaccines. Research into other influenza virus strains and past pandemics, including a reconstruction of the genome of the 1918 'Spanish flu' that killed up to 50 million people, are providing important clues to what it might take for a new human pandemic to occur. Some governments say they are ready for the arrival of avian flu. But are they?
Nature's Avian Flu Web Focus contains new research and a timeline alongside a comprehensive archive of news, features, articles, communications and letters examining the threat of a new human flu pandemic in the near future, and what can be done to prevent it.
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