oa South African Family Practice - Avian influenza - what does it hold for South Africa? : editorial
Extracted from text ... Editorial Editorial How serious is the threat? Most authorities are of the opinion that the world faces an imminent threat of a major global influenza pandemic. The threat comes from two lines of evidence. At its simplest another pandemic is due because major pandemics have occurred in 10 to 50 year cycles for centuries and the last major pandemic occurred in 1968. However, there is far more substantive evidence that the cause of the next pandemic will be the highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) H5N1 virus which is responsible for the unprecedented outbreak in wild and domesticated bird populations in ..
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