Tuesday, 25 June 2013

Editor's Note #8: New influenzavirus page, H6N1.

There isn't a lot to say about the latest avian influenza A (H6N1) virus confirmed in humans, but I've put up a small page on the 20F from Taiwan. See the Taiwanese CDC announcement.

Another stark reminder of why generic virus names like "novel coronavirus" or "bird flu" are pointless. How many novel coronaviruses have been found of late (that haven't made it to the media) and how many bird flu viruses are there now infecting humans...enough to make referring to them using such a generic term confusing.