December 4, 2012

What Is the World's Most Dangerous Animal?

Tara Smith, Slate


AP Photo

In May, 1997, a 3-year-old boy was admitted to an ICU in Hong Kong after suffering from influenza for a week. Two days later, the boy died of pneumonia. His case would have been merely a curiosity if it weren’t for 17 more patients who came down with the illness months later. In all, six people died from a strain of influenza that had never been seen in humans before, dubbed H5N1.

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TAGGED: Animals, Zoonosis, Bats, Zoonotic Infection

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