Tests weigh threat from former H2N2 pandemic flu virus
CIDRAP FLU SCAN, Wednesday 4 December 2013

Experiments involving an avian H2N2 flu virus that caused a pandemic in the late 1950s and still circulates in birds found that it can infect mammalian cells and spread in ferrets, though it lacks the genetic markers for human adaptation, according to a study in the Journal of Virology. The goal was to assess the risk of the H2N2 virus, which hasn't been seen in humans since 1968.

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