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Wed Aug 1, 2012, 08:21 AM

New flu virus found in seals concerns scientists

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-19055961


Harbour seals in New England were found to be infected with the new strain

Scientists in the United States have identified a new strain of influenza in harbour seals that could potentially impact human and animal health.

The H3N8 flu has been associated with the deaths of harbour seals in New England last year.

Researchers say the virus may have evolved from a type that had been circulating in birds.

They say the discovery highlights the potential for pandemic flu to emerge from unexpected sources.

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