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Taiwanese woman is the first human to be sickened by H6N1 bird flu
Taiwanese woman is the first human to be sickened by H6N1 bird flu

A 20-year-old woman in Taiwan has achieved the dubious distinction of being the first patient known to have been sickened by a strain of bird flu known as H6N1. The woman, who became ill in May, appears to have made a full recovery, according to a report published Wednesday by the journal Lancet Respiratory Medicine. But her case raises important questions that investigators are still trying to answer, including: How did she contract the flu? And: Does this make humans more vulnerable to a bird flu pandemic? Let’s start with what researchers do know. The unidentified woman was in good health before she came down with a fever and a cough on May 5, according to the journal...

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