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[/quote]Bird flu reminds scientists of virus that killed 50m people
By Mark Henderson
It is mutating in the same way as the germ that cause the 1918 pandemic
::nobreak::FEARS that avian flu will trigger a global pandemic that could kill up to 150 million people intensified yesterday after research revealed similarities between the virus and possibly the deadliest germ in history.
Scientists have re-created the “Spanish flu” virus that killed up to 50 million people in 1918-19 and shown that it shared traits with the H5N1 strain of avian flu.
An analysis of the re-created pathogen has shown that, like its modern cousin, it began as a bird virus and jumped species into humans with mutations that made it peculiarly virulent and lethal.
V.Concerning. (like there isn't enough to be "concerned" about at the moment...