The New Strain of Bird Flu Being Watched Closely After Death Toll

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The New Strain of Bird Flu Being Watched Closely After Death Toll

Although no cases of H7N9 have been reported beyond China’s borders, experts from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have begun advising doctors in the United States to look for telltale signs including high fever and a cough, noting that these symptoms can quickly progress to more severe problems like pneumonia. Extreme cases cause patients to suffer from organ failure and muscle breakdown, but things have gotten even more complicated lately thanks to a few reported cases that are presenting in asymptomatic ways.

As more information becomes available about the virus, proactive measures beyond watching for symptoms will likely become apparent. For now, a company called NanoViricides believes that its oral and injectable versions of a drug called FluCide may eventually prove effective against the H7N9 strain.

Tracy Rentz is a blogger for the University of Southern California that offers several degrees options in the health field.