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New Bird Flu Strain of H5N1: U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) Warns Public of Possible Resurgence

By on Aug 31, 2011 in Asia, Health, Science, World Comments

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The U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) warned the public of a new bird flu strain of H5N1, and its possible resurgence, as it spreads in Vietnam and China. This was reported by international news sites, August 29, 2011.

According to virologists, the new mutant strain of H5N1 has still no vaccine available.

The strain called H5N1-2.3.2.1, which comes from poultry and wild birds, is now feared to spread to other Asian countries. Although the parent strain H5N1 has an approved vaccine, the new strain still does not have one, as scientists scramble to discover one.

Reportedly, the parent strain H5N1, also called bird flu or avian flu could develop other new strains through the years.

Meanwhile in the Philippines, the government is keeping close watch of any sign of the H5N1 new strain, as Filipinos are advised to visit their doctor once they experience flu-like symptoms. These symptoms of avian influenza include muscle pains, fever, cough, colds, sore throat, red eyes, and headache. Severe symptoms can lead to pneumonia, a condition that could cause death.

Apparently, personal hygiene and avoiding contact with persons showing the symptoms, would prevent getting infected with the H5N1 new virus strain.



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