Deadly new flu

The germ responsible carries genes from other flu viruses

By Stephen Ornes, 16:10 PM April 24, 2013

A new kind of influenza, or flu, that started in birds is now taking a toll on humans. In China, the disease has sickened more than 100 people; 22 have died. Some of those infected have suffered brain damage and organ failure. Others have had mild symptoms — or shown no symptoms at all. The disease has also been diagnosed in nearby Taiwan.

Scientists are racing to understand the new infection. When birds start dying from flu, researchers pay close attention. That’s because people may start...

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