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Cracking the code: A look at bird flu strains

H5N1, H7N3, H7N9, H5N2, H7N8.

What do these mysterious series of letters and numbers mean, and why should we pay attention to them?

Some of these numbers might ring a bell if you pay close attention to the news. All of the above are strains of avian influenza, otherwise known as bird flu. H5N1 is […]

New bird flu strain found, declared “low-pathogenic”

A new strain of avian influenza was discovered earlier this week when a number of commercial turkey farms in the Dubois County, Indiana, the largest turkey producing county in the state, tested positive for the virus. However, recent reports have found that the outbreak occurred from a new strain of the virus, known as H7N8, […]