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The fatal strain

from The Philadelphia Inquirer

For most Americans, the threat of avian flu - "bird flu," in the vernacular - is likely a distant memory. The highly pathogenic virus, which came to public attention in 1997 with the first human cases identified in Hong Kong, swept through the poultry industry in Southeast Asia and eventually spread to birds around the world. But H5N1, as scientists call the virus, never gained much of a toehold in humans, mainly because it isn't easily transmitted from one person to another. more

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