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Avian Influenza: What the family practitioner should know

E Wasserman, M Senekal

Abstract


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 certain circumstances avian influenza can also be transmitted to humans, causing a severe infection known as highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI), with a mortality currently exceeding 50%.

For full text, click here:SA Fam Pract 2006;48(3):56-57



http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/20786204.2006.10873358
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