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The World in Medicine
October 20, 2004

Bird Flu in Cats

JAMA. 2004;292(15):1810. doi:10.1001/jama.292.15.1810-c

H5N1, the influenza A “bird flu” virus that led to massive slaughters of poultry in affected Asian countries and claimed the lives of at least 29 people so far in 2004, can also infect domestic cats, Dutch scientists reported last month in an online edition of Science (http://www.sciencexpress.org). The findings were published shortly after reported detection of H5N1 virus in some pigs in China raised concerns that pigs infected with both human and bird flu strains might serve as a vessel for the emergence of a new avian flu strain that could easily infect humans.

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