Dutch researchers studying the H5N1 virus - causing the so-called bird flu - have created a new variation thereof. It is as virulent as the original microbe, yet spreads easily among mammals - tells huffingtonpost.com
A new mutation of the virus was created Ron Fouchier of the Erasmus Medical Centre in Rotterdam. Presented its findings in September at a conference in Malta, and is currently trying to publish this material.
According to some researchers conducting studies of this kind is highly irresponsible. Also question the legitimacy of their publication, which would show how the researchers led to the mutation. Others believe, however, that the results are extremely important and access to them should be free.
Research Fouchiera may have great potential for understanding how mutations occurs among influenza viruses. Also show that those raising doubts about the risk of a pandemic H5N1 virus virulence, and irreverent, but they were wrong.
According to data from the U.S. Department of Health and Social Affairs of the H5N1 virus has infected over 500 people in various countries. 60 percent of the infected died.