What viral tracking is being done for H1N1 influenza (swine flu)?

Updated: May 18, 2020
  • Author: Michael Stuart Bronze, MD; Chief Editor: Russell W Steele, MD  more...
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Internationally, scientists have been collaborating on genetic analysis of current animal and human influenza viruses. These researchers have created a human/swine A/H1N1 influenza wiki to facilitate rapid dissemination of the results of this work. The collaboration is producing insights on the origin of the H1N1 virus and should enable scientists to track its evolution as the outbreak spreads around the world. Information from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease regarding influenza genome sequencing is available to researchers studying how influenza viruses evolve and those developing new and improved ways to prevent, diagnose, and treat influenza disease. [27, 28]


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