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H5N1 breakthrough?

17th August 2006

15032006_H5N1.jpgScientist claim to have made a breakthrough in the development of bird flu drugs designed to treat humans should an outbreak occur in the population.

Scientists say they have discovered a weakness in the structure of the H5N1 virus which could be exploited in the development of treatments.

The scientists caution that an effective drug treatment targeting the weakness could be around five years away, which may not be in time to prevent a large-scale human outbreak

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