Could H7N9 reach pandemic proportions?

05/14/2013 | MedPage Today (free registration)

H7N9 fits two out of three criteria of a pandemic pathogen, according to physician Andrew Pavia of the University of Utah. He says the virus infects and causes disease in humans but seems to lack the ability to easily pass between them, although that could change as it mutates. If H7N9 does become easily transmissible between people, it has the potential to be worse than the 2003 H5N1 influenza outbreak. "Being worried doesn't do us any good; being prepared is what's important," said Pavia, emphasizing the need for monitoring and public health resources.

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