According to a report in the Independent (London) the pattern of recent Avian Flu cases in Egypt may suggest the disease is adapting in a way that could be more dangerous. All recent Egyptian infections have involved children. The non-reporting of adults with the disease has raised concerns that adults are being infected but are either asymptomatic or are not becoming so ill as to come to the attention of health authorities. If true, this could be a predicate for a greater probability of human-to-human transmission.
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