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November 18, 2005

Bird Flu Survivors May Not Be All That Safe

By Tan Ee LynHONG KONG -- Deadly strains of the H5N1 bird flu virus have killed about half of all people known to have been infected and most people assume that survivors should be protected by antibodies and so immune to repeat infections.But experts say that may not always be the case.The virus, which has infected 130 people in Asia and killed 67 of them since late 2003, is changing constantly and repeat infections by new strains could still leave a birdflu survivor in peril, just as people can catch a new form of the flu every year."Infected people with antibodies (to H5N1) should be protected for years against the same virus.

Posted by dymaxion at November 18, 2005 01:33 PM

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