Will Bird Flu Outbreaks in 2023 Turn Fatal
The continual spreading of the Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HAPI) H5N1 influenza A virus across the globe has prompted many questions without clear answers.
These questions accelerated recently when seven people, including various mammals, became infected over the past year.
Amesh Adalja, M.D. with MedPageToday, published an opinion article on February 16, 2023, focused on whether an influenza pandemic caused by this version of HAP is imminent.
'This is an important question that must be asked of all novel influenza viruses. However, the answers regarding influenza are not that simple and require placing this strain into a larger context of avian influenza more generally,' wrote Dr. Adalja. The full unedited article is posted at this link.
Avian influenza A (bird flu) viruses are common and widespread in birds.
Should a human-to-human HAPI outbreak occur, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has already approved one type of 'bird flu vaccine' that could be effective.
While most people have already received their annual flu shot, this type of vaccine would not be very effective against HAPI viruses.