Free-grazing ducks might hold the key to H5N1 persistence in Vietnam © Dr Timothee Vergne
The persistence of bird flu poses a serious risk to economic and food security, as well as public health worldwide. A UK-Vietnam collaboration is helping to understand how the virus persists under the radar, to help prevent the next major outbreak.
Highly pathogenic avian influenza H5N1 virus, one of the most infamous bird flu viruses, has caused pandemics at various points in history. The name still conjures memories of panic from the recent outbreak of 2007, when many countries including the UK were affected.
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