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Deadly New Strain of Bird Flu in China Could Trigger Global Pandemic

A new strain of H7N9, commonly known and referred to as bird flu, is circulating in China, and scientists believe this could pose a threat to humans as it has the potential to trigger a global pandemic.

American and Japanese researchers have tested the new bird flu strain, which has been circulating in China since 2013. On a report published by the researchers at Cell Host and Microbe on Thursday, the new virus strain that was tested on mice, ferrets and other non-human mammals had replicated efficiently.