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Bird Flu Jumps to Pigs

Bird Flu Jumps to Pigs

The Indonesian government has discovered a strain of bird flu virus in pigs on the island of Java, elevating concerns that the virus could more easily spread to humans. Pigs, which share genetic and anatomical similarities with people, are known carriers of the human flu virus. Researchers worry that pigs infected with both human and bird flu viruses could act as a "mixing bowl," producing a much more virulent virus. According to experts, the new strain might jump from pigs to humans and then from person to person, fueling a devastating flu outbreak. Read more at FoxNews.com(1).
Photo: Eve Andersson

1. http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,156527,00.html