28 Nov '11, 1am

New flu virus has WHO gearing up to respond

WASHINGTON - Flu experts are gearing up their response planning, after an odd new flu virus has been detected, a senior official of the World Health Organization (WHO) said. The virus is currently jumping from pigs to people in parts of the United States, and experts are "figuring out what needs to be done if the virus continues to spread and a global response is required", Dr Keiji Fukuda, assistant director-general for Health Security and Environment, was quoted as saying by The Toronto Star. The virus is influenza A of the H3N2 subtype, a distant cousin of H3N2 viruses that circulate in humans. Since the virus was first spotted in July, 10 cases have been confirmed in Maine, Indiana, Pennsylvania and Iowa. All the victims were children under 10, with an exception - a 58-year-old adult. Flu expert Malik Peiris, chairman of the Department of Microbiology at the University...

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