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Can Immunity Induced by the Human Influenza Virus N1 Neuraminidase Provide Some Protection from Avian Influenza H5N1 Viruses?

  • Laura Gillim-Ross,
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  • Published: February 13, 2007
  • DOI: 10.1371/journal.pmed.0040091

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Erroneous Assumption about N1 Protective Antibodies

Posted by plosmedicine on 31 Mar 2009 at 00:06 GMT

Author: David Walker
Position: Laboratory Medical Director
Institution: Kalispell Regional Medical Center
Submitted Date: February 27, 2007
Published Date: February 28, 2007
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I have read several articles recently (sorry I can not remember the references) where "experts" emphatically state that an Avian flu pandemic is not a possibility due to the widespread immunity to H5N1 conferred to millions of individuals who have had either infection or vaccination to N1 influenza viruses.

I hope the current article gets enough attention to counter this false assumption.

David Walker, M.D.
Laboratory Medical Director
Kalispell Regional Medical Center
Kalispell, MT

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