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    The remaining issue is whether the virus will find new hosts. It seems to have made the jump to some mammals relatively easily, although is not (yet) very contagious in these new hosts. Cats, dogs, martens and mink have been naturally infected and a number of other animals (mice, ferrets) have been infected in the laboratory. And of course, humans.

    The H5N1 of today is not the H5N1 that made its first appearance in 1997 in Hong Kong. It has evolved genetically, exists in multiple forms and continues to change. What all this means is uncertain, but uncertainty in this instance is far from comforting

    "Politics is the art of looking for trouble, finding it everywhere, diagnosing it incorrectly and applying the wrong remedies." - Groucho Marx

    by Greg Dworkin on Tue Mar 28, 2006 at 06:31:50 AM PST

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