Influenza viruses: EFSA looks at transmission from animals to humans

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22 May 2014

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.

 

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Infographic: Transmission of influenza viruses from animals to humans