Avian Flu Finds New Mammal Hosts - Cats

This article is about the new bird flu. A paper published online by Science this week confirms that the virus can infect cats, and that felines can transmit the virus to other cats as well--and perhaps to humans. Although there's no evidence yet that cats have helped spread the flu anywhere, their vulnerability to H5N1--which comes on the heels of similar findings in pigs--increases concerns that the virus may evolve into a more dangerous strain that could set off an influenza pandemic says the report.

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