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New flu virus found in seals concerns scientists (via BBC)

Scientists have identified a new strain of influenza in harbor seals that could potentially impact human and animal health.  Investigating the deaths of 162 young seals along the New England coast last year, scientists identified a new strain of avian influenza, H3N8, in tissues from the dead animals.  According to researchers, H3N8 most likely developed from an avian influenza strain present in waterfowl since 2002, suggesting recent transmission between birds and seals.


Read more at BBC News.