Taiwanese Woman Infected By Bird Flu

AP Photo/Vincent Yu

A strain of Bird flu that scientists thought would not infect humans has indeed shown up in a Taiwanese woman. This surprise shows scientists that they must take more care to spot strains of flu and how/if they can infect humans. Doctors feel this was an oversight on the scientists part.

Last spring a strain of Bird Flu was identified and spreading in China however two different pharmaceutical companies have reported encouraging results with a vaccine from human tests. The strain identified last spring is feared to have pandemic potential results so a hopeful vaccine is certainly needed.

The woman shown to be infected with this new Bird Flu strain is 20 years old and was hospitalized in May for a lung infection. After being administered Tamiflu and antibiotics a throat swab was sent to the Taiwan Centres for Disease Control where they found she was in fact infected with the H6N1 bird flu.

To read this full story, jump over to News Daily