oa South African Family Practice - Avian influenza : what the family practitioner should know : review article



Extracted from text ... SA Fam Pract 2006;48(3) 56 Review Senekal M, Clinical Microbiologist, Pathcare Reference Laboratory N1 City, Goodwood Wasserman E, Department of Pathology, Chairperson of Discipline Medical Microbiology, NHLS Tygerberg Hospital and University of Stellenbosch Correspondence to: Prof E Wasserman at ew@sun.ac.za (SA Fam Pract 2006;48(3): 56-57) Avian Influenza: What the family practitioner should know Introduction Human immunity to influenza A virus depends on the specific subtype. Mortality after exposure to subtypes commonly causing human infection is low (approximately 0.1%). Other subtypes are specifically adapted to cause disease in birds. These subtypes are known as 'avian influenza'. Under cer t a ..


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