New Bird Flu Strain Infects First Human

Taiwan woman recovers after treatment
By Newsy, a Newser Video Partner
Posted Nov 14, 2013 4:41 PM CST

(Newser) – Scientists have confirmed the first case of a person infected with an entirely new bird flu virus, and it's a 20-year-old woman in Taiwan. The woman reportedly began showing symptoms back in May after contracting what doctors thought was a lung infection, but it turned out to be a never-before-seen strain of bird flu dubbed H6N1. She has since recovered after receiving treatment. It's not clear how she contracted it, and so far, there's no evidence that the strain can be spread between humans.

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