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In May, a Tai­wanese woman caught a new strain of bird flu sci­en­tists pre­vi­ously thought was in­ca­pable of

in­fect­ing hu­mans. It has since been named the H7N9 strain, and as of Nov 6, 139 con­firmed cases, re­sult­ing in 45 deaths, were re­ported. Chi­nese sci­en­tists an­nounced the de­vel­op­ment of a vac­cine on Oct 26,

but said that H7N9 had not spread far enough to merit wide­spread vac­ci­na­tion. Doc­tors de­scribe the case as another ex­am­ple of the need for bet­ter

sur­veil­lance in the on­go­ing at­tempt to spot wor­ri­some flu strains be­fore they ig­nite a global out­break. – AP

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