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Finding the real case-fatality rate of H5N1 avian influenza
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    Age specific fatality rates for H5N1avian influenza

    The recent JECH paper by Li et al. (2008) is a valuable contribution to the literature on the public health impacts and epidemiology of H5N1 avian influenza in humans.

    The authors note that both the H5N1 and the 1918 influenza virus affected young healthy adults more severely than the 1957/1968 pandemic viruses and inter-pandemic influenza viruses, which are tyically associated with higher mortality among infants...

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