Bloomberg View: Good News About Bird Flu

China’s effective response to a new flu outbreak
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The bird flu virus that suddenly started killing people last month in China is unquestionably a “serious human health risk,” as the scientists who discovered it have reported in the New England Journal of Medicine. The H7N9 strain contains gene sequences that make it relatively effective, for a bird virus, at infecting humans and other mammals.

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