Baffling: scientists on ground zero in Cambodia find H5N1 strain that killed 11-year-old girl had evolved to infect human cells better
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Re: Baffling: scientists on ground zero in Cambodia find H5N1 strain that killed 11-year-old girl had evolved to infect human cells better
Bird flu HAS mutated to infect people: Fresh pandemic fears as scientists on ground zero in Cambodia find H5N1 strain that killed 11-year-old girl had evolved to infect human cells better
Scientists on the ground who made the find said it was of the 'utmost concern'
11-year-old girl from Prey Veng province became the world's first victim this year
READ MORE: Everything you need to know about H5N1 bird flu
By LUKE ANDREWS HEALTH REPORTER FOR DAILYMAIL.COM
A bird flu strain that claimed the life of a schoolgirl in Cambodia has evolved to better infect human cells, in a worrying sign.
Scientists on the ground who made the discovery said the finding 'needs to be treated with the utmost concern'.
They added that there were 'some indications' the virus had already 'gone through' a human and picked up the new mutations before infecting the girl.
The 11-year-old girl, from Prey Veng province, last week became the first victim of H5N1 in 2023. Her father has also tested positive for the virus but has not developed the virus
Dr Erik Karlsson, who led the team at the Pasteur Institute of Cambodia that decoded the genetic sequence of the girl's virus, warned that it differed from that taken from birds.
He told Sky News: 'There are some indications that this virus has gone through a human.
'Any time these viruses get into a new host they'll have certain changes that allow them to replicate a little bit better or potentially bind to the cells in our respiratory tract a little bit better.'
But he added that the virus was yet to fully adapt to humans, saying it was fundamentally 'still a bird virus'.
Dr Karlsson said the new mutations were unlikely to have occurred in the girl, but probably existed in a 'cloud' of viruses with random genetic changes inside birds.
The strain in its current form is unlikely to cause a major outbreak. Widespread transmission would require a mutation that allows it to bind to a receptor found on cells in the nose.
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