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Study: Wildfowl spread a bird flu to a hunter

Updated: August 2, 2006, 2:18 PM ET
By Mike Stobbe | Associated Press medical writer — July 27, 2006

ATLANTA — A study of duck hunters in Iowa is believed to be the first to show people can catch bird flu — a non-threatening kind — from wild birds.

Previous cases of people being infected with any form of bird flu have involved domestic poultry, like chickens.

The type of bird flu seen in the study is not H5N1, the deadly form that emerged in Asia which has sparked concerns of a potential worldwide flu epidemic. Rather, it is H11N9, another form seen in ducks and other ...

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