Clams could stem spread of bird flu

日期:2019-03-08 09:04:11 作者:益瓣 阅读:

SWINE flu is hogging the headlines, but the much more lethal H5N1 avian flu hasn’t gone away, nor has the possibility that the two viruses could create a still more dangerous hybrid strain. Now evidence has emerged that some clams can clear water of the avian flu virus. A team led by Christina Faust of the University of Georgia in Athens tested the effect of the Asiatic clam (Corbicula fluminea) with wood ducks, which are highly susceptible to avian flu. Other bivalves that concentrate harmful viruses can poison birds or humans that eat them,