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Guangdong is 'the source of deadly bird flu'

Breaking Viral News: Washington

Bird Flu Update

March 07, 2007
China's southern Guangdong province is the source of the dangerous H5N1 avian flu virus, according to a genetic analysis.
And Guangdong appears to be the source of renewed waves of the H5N1 strain, which has killed or forced the destruction of hundreds of millions of birds, the team at the University of California Irvine reported on Monday.
"We show that the Chinese province of Guangdong is the source of multiple H5N1 strains spreading at both regional and international scales," the researchers wrote in their report, published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
"It is probably still originating there and spreading," Walter Fitch, a professor of ecology and evolutionary biology who worked on the study, said in a telephone interview.

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