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Avian influenza virus: the threat of a pandemic.

Abstract

The 1918 influenza A virus pandemic caused a death toll of 40 to approximately 50 million. Currently, because of the widespread dissemination of the avian influenza virus (H5N1), there is a high risk of another pandemic. Avian species are the natural hosts for numerous subtypes of influenza A viruses; however, the highly pathogenic avian influenza virus (HPAI) is not only extremely lethal to domestic avian species but also can infect humans and cause death. This review discusses why the avian influenza virus is considered the most likely candidate for the first flu pandemic of the 21st century.

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    Department of Medical Biotechnology and Laboratory Science, Chang Gung University, Taoyuan, Taiwan.

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    MeSH

    Animals
    Disease Outbreaks
    Humans
    Influenza A Virus, H5N1 Subtype
    Influenza A Virus, H7N7 Subtype
    Influenza A Virus, H9N2 Subtype
    Influenza A virus
    Influenza in Birds
    Influenza, Human
    Mutation
    Poultry
    Poultry Diseases

    Pub Type(s)

    Journal Article
    Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
    Review

    Language

    eng

    PubMed ID

    16767960

    Citation

    Chang, Shih-Cheng, et al. "Avian Influenza Virus: the Threat of a Pandemic." Chang Gung Medical Journal, vol. 29, no. 2, 2006, pp. 130-4.
    Chang SC, Cheng YY, Shih SR. Avian influenza virus: the threat of a pandemic. Chang Gung Med J. 2006;29(2):130-4.
    Chang, S. C., Cheng, Y. Y., & Shih, S. R. (2006). Avian influenza virus: the threat of a pandemic. Chang Gung Medical Journal, 29(2), pp. 130-4.
    Chang SC, Cheng YY, Shih SR. Avian Influenza Virus: the Threat of a Pandemic. Chang Gung Med J. 2006;29(2):130-4. PubMed PMID: 16767960.
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