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Avian Influenza: News and Information

Photo: Walter BoyceBird-Flu expert calls for changes in early-warning system

The international science community is not doing enough to track the many avian influenza viruses that might cause the next pandemic, a UC Davis researcher says in today's issue of the journal Nature.

Global surveillance is critical for identifying and tracking potential pandemic viruses such as highly pathogenic H5N1. But the current surveillance strategy in wild birds is piecemeal and risks missing important virus sources or subtypes, Walter Boyce writes in a commentary.

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UC Davis leads national center for avian flu research

UC Davis is a partner in a $18.5 million national research center that is studying influenza viruses with pandemic potential, such as avian influenza H5N1 ("bird flu").

Walter Boyce, a research veterinarian and director of the UC Davis Wildlife Health Center (at right), leads the campus effort.

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