Eastern European avian flu similar to 1918 strain
Sharon Kirkey, CanWest News Service
Published: Friday, January 27, 2006
More similarities have been found between the bird flu creeping into Eastern Europe and the 1918 Spanish flu that decimated populations worldwide, including the discovery of an entirely new way bird flu may kill human cells.
Researchers from St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis, Tenn., have found that bird flu viruses carry a gene that can latch onto many crucial proteins inside human cells, presumably disrupting their function and causing far more severe disease than human viruses.