Seal Deaths Linked to New Strain of Avian Flu
August 6, 2012
Boston.com: A new strain of avian flu that jumped into the seal population caused the deaths of more than 100 harbor seals along the New England coast last fall, a study says.
So far, there’s no indication that humans are capable of contracting the new virus strain, but scientists plan further study of the new influenza strain’s implications.
‘‘Any time we find a new virus, there’s a concern that it’s going to have a larger impact than on the population in which we originally find it,’’ said W. Ian Lipkin, one of the authors of the study and a professor of epidemiology at the Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University.
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