Bird flu strain infects human for 1st time
FILE - In this April 11, 2013 file photo, a chicken is kept in a cage waiting to be inspected by health workers in Hong Kong. In May, a Taiwanese woman caught a new strain of bird flu scientists previously thought was incapable of infecting humans. In research published on Thursday, Nov. 14, 2013, doctors describe the case as another example of the need for better surveillance in the ongoing attempt to spot worrisome flu strains before they ignite a global outbreak. (AP Photo/Vincent Yu, File)
Posted: Thursday, November 14, 2013 12:00 am
LONDON (AP) - A strain of bird flu that scientists thought could not infect people has shown up in a Taiwanese woman, a nasty surprise that shows scientists must do more to spot worrisome flu strains before they ignite a global outbreak, doctors say.
On a more hopeful front, two pharmaceuticals separately reported encouraging results from human tests of a possible vaccine against a different type of bird flu that has been spreading in China since first being identified last spring, which is feared to have pandemic potential.
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Thursday, November 14, 2013 12:00 am.