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An Avian Flu Jumps to People

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Science  07 Mar 2003:
Vol. 299, Issue 5612, pp. 1504
DOI: 10.1126/science.299.5612.1504

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While researchers monitor U.S. pigs for potentially dangerous changes in swine influenza virus (see main text), recent events on the other side of the world have sounded an even more urgent alarm. Last month in Hong Kong, a 33-year-old man died and his 9-year-old son fell seriously ill after contracting an avian influenza virus from a source that remains mysterious.