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Human Immune System Defenseless Against New Hong Kong Flu-Highly Unusual Infection Direct From Poultry

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October 9, 1997
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St. Jude Children's Research Hospital
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A new influenza virus, first found in a now-deceased Hong Kong boy in May and against which the human immune system is defenseless, passed directly and most unusually from poultry to the boy, reported Robert G. Webster, Ph.D., of St. Jude Children's Research Hospital and colleagues in Nature.

MEMPHIS, Tenn., October 9, 1997 -- A new influenza virus, first found in a now-deceased Hong Kong boy in May and against which the human immune system is defenseless, passed directly and most unusually from poultry to the boy, reported Robert G. Webster, Ph.D., chairman of the St. Jude Children's Research Hospital Department of Virology and Molecular Biology, and other scientists in an article published today by Nature.


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St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. (1997, October 9). Human Immune System Defenseless Against New Hong Kong Flu-Highly Unusual Infection Direct From Poultry. ScienceDaily. Retrieved April 17, 2014 from www.sciencedaily.com/releases/1997/10/971009063545.htm
St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. "Human Immune System Defenseless Against New Hong Kong Flu-Highly Unusual Infection Direct From Poultry." ScienceDaily. www.sciencedaily.com/releases/1997/10/971009063545.htm (accessed April 17, 2014).

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