Given the potential for dangerous pandemics to arise from new flu strains, scientists are ever vigilant when it comes to evolving variations of influenza that could pose risks to human health. And now, the emergence of a new adaptation of a type of avian flu has scientists on their guard.
A study published in mBio®, an online journal of the American Society for Microbiology, details the discovery of a novel influenza strain found in New England harbor seals. The virus, which originated in birds, has adapted to infect mammals – making researchers uneasy of the possibility that it could eventually spread to humans.
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