Considerable progress in European preparations for a potential influenza pandemic

Publié le 1 Janvier 2005
Mis à jour le 10 septembre 2019

The threat of an influenza pandemic has been heightened in the past two years by outbreaks of avian influenza concentrated in South East Asia which have resulted in human deaths. So far, the avian influenza virus seems difficult to transmit from human to human, but changes in the virus genome may well increase transmissibility. Possibly worse, a person or animal (such as a pig) could become co-infected with human and avian influenza. These viruses could then combine, creating a very novel influenza virus that is both highly pathogenic and easily transmitted to humans. (Introduction)

Auteur : Paget J, Eurosurveillance editorial office
Eurosurveillance. European communicable disease quarterly, 2005, vol. 10, n°. 1-3, p. 67-8