H7N9 Flu Study Hints at How It May Spread in People

May 23, 2013 6:15 PM

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H7N9 Flu Study Hints at How It May Spread in People

It's likely that the new H7N9 bird flu virus can spread through the air on a limited basis, according to a new study that looked at how the virus spreads in animals.

The study also provides more evidence that the virus can spread between people in close contact. However, it's unlikely the virus could cause a pandemic, unless it undergoes genetic changes that allow it to spread more efficiently between people, experts say.

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