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Scientists have identified features of H5N1 virus

March 23 2006

Japanese and Dutch scientists have conducted research and found out why dangerous for human H5N1 avian influenza virus is so rarely transmitted to humans.

According to " Interfax ", the results of studies published scientific journals" Science "and" Nature. " In these articles, researchers from Japan and the Netherlands show that the H5N1 virus is deposited very deeply into the airways or lungs of man.

To get there microbes is very difficult, and that is why in the world of avian flu are sick for only about 200 people, while the cases of birds is much greater.

Treatment of diseases spreading deep into the respiratory tract, it is very difficult. For this reason, as the experts, about half of cases of avian flu have died from H5N1.

Note that influenza viruses, which are usually ill people, affects only the upper respiratory tract. So they are not treated as hard, but it quickly spread from person to person when an infected person coughs or sneezes.

The authors of the publication was assured that the H5N1 thus can not be transferred, as infection is too deep.

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