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The Ascent of H7N9

Wednesday, November 1, 2017   (0 Comments)

The relatively new avian influenza, H7N9, is now considered to be the most concerning of all pandemic threats. To cope with the myriad influenza viruses that circulate in humans and animals, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) developed an Influenza Rapid Assessment Tool (IRAT) to rank order viruses that pose the biggest threat to humans. In recent iterations of this tool, the H7N9 influenza A virus has topped the list, surpassing all other flu viruses, including H5N1. Several important aspects that underlie this ranking are vital to understanding for pandemic preparedness.1 


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