Michael, Rybolt L.

Avian Influenza: Human Pandemic Concerns
Category: Michael, Rybolt L.
January, 2006

The reported number of bird deaths and subsequent human deaths resulting from exposure to influenza A-infected birds has increased steadily, making front-page news worldwide. Although human viruses do not generally infect birds and bird viruses do not generally infect humans, certain influenza A viruses have historically exhibited an unusual ability to mutate and infect more than one host species.