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FOR KIDS: Killer-flu update

Infection that recently developed in China shows signs of being easy to spread and hard to kill

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This spring, doctors in China began encountering patients with an unusually severe form of flu. So far, it has sickened at least 131 people, killing 36. That kill rate — more than 27 out of every 100 people known to be infected — is very high. New studies now offer more reason for concern.

The microbes appear able to spread through the air, something not all types of bird-flu germs can easily do. Even more worrying, the virus appears to be evolving an ability to ignore the drugs meant to kill it. These findings point to a virus with the potential to spread quickly, easily and globally.

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