THE NEW HONG KONG FLU

A MYSTERIOUS STRAIN HAS ALREADY KILLED TWO PEOPLE, AND EXPERTS FEAR THE POTENTIAL FOR AN EPIDEMIC

Few people outside the medical community paid much attention last May when a three-year-old Hong Kong boy died of a mysterious flu that usually infects only birds. Even this fall, when seven more people came down with the same viral strain--and one of them died--doctors found comfort in the fact that the virus did not seem to be spread from person to person. But then last week two young cousins of one of the victims fell ill with what appeared to be the same disease, prompting medical authorities in the U.S. and China to warn that this might be the beginning...

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