The final report of the EFSA’s FLURISK project is published today. It proposes a tool to rank animal influenza strains according to their potential to infect humans. Influenza viruses circulating in animals pose a public health risk as they can develop the ability to infect humans. Moreover, if viruses acquire the ability to spread easily from person to person, they can cause a pandemic. FLURISK brings together internationally recognised research institutes and reference laboratories, international agencies and universities from veterinary and human medicine areas across the European Union.
- Development of a risk assessment methodological framework for potentially pandemic influenza strains (FLURISK)
- Interview with Ron Fouchier: transmission of influenza viruses from animals to humans