WHO warns of lab-produced bird flu virus
The World Health Organisation (WHO) has issued an alert to warn that studies undertaken by several institutions, which generate mutations of the H5N1 influenza (bird flu) virus, could pose risks to public health.
According to media reports, a research team from the Erasmus Medical Centre in Rotterdam, Netherlands, created mutations of the virus that enabled it to be transmissible between ferrets.
It indicates that the virus can be transmissible among human beings while retaining its effect on ferrets. Similar studies were carried out by a joint research team from the University of Wisconsin in the US and the University of Tokyo in Japan.