Vol. 336 no. 6088 pp. 1494-1497
NEWS & ANALYSIS
Public at Last, H5N1 Study Offers Insight Into Virus's Possible Path to Pandemic
Seeing the data in full is “sobering,” says influenza expert Nancy Cox of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, because it suggests that it's easier for H5N1 to trigger a pandemic than other studies—including her own—had indicated. In combination with the Kawaoka paper, Fouchier's findings shed light on how the virus could become pandemic, says Malik Peiris of the University of Hong Kong, and how public health officials might watch for mutations that could send it on its way.