Don’t Panic Over Rare Bird Flu Case

Reports from China of the first human case of a rare avian flu strain have stoked concern that the next pandemic may be imminent, Yahoo reports.
 
Researchers say it’s not time to panic—bird flu strains can jump from animals to humans but usually don’t have the capacity to be further transmitted from person to person.
 
Viruses jumping to humans “happens all the time,” says Pritish K. Tosh, an infectious disease physician and researcher at the Mayo Clinic. “I think the only reason you and I are talking about it is because of COVID; it's made everyone jumpy.”

 

Hybrid Variant in Vietnam? WHO Says No.

A coronavirus mutation spotted in Vietnam does not meet the WHO’s standard of a new variant—but it’s still highly contagious and needs to be closely monitored, Nikkei Asia reports.
 
Over the weekend, Hanoi reported a new variant combining characteristics of mutations found in Britain and India. But WHO’s Vietnam official has now said that what they found was a mutation of the variant first discovered in India—now known as Delta under the agency’s new naming convention, The Washington Post reports.

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