Since its emergence in China in 2013, the H7N9 bird flu virus has been studied for its ability to cause severe disease in humans exposed to infected poultry. However, last year saw a significant increase in human cases, coupled with the emergence of two distinct strains of the virus.
Lab experiments conducted on a new strain of the H7N9 virus in China have revealed concerning findings. Researchers report that this strain of the virus can easily be transmitted among animals and is capable of causing lethal disease. These findings have raised alarm among experts, highlighting the potential for the virus to trigger a global human pandemic.