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In Indonesia, a new type of bird flu

Scientists in Indonesia have discovered a new species of bird flu, which has caused the deaths of hundreds of thousands of ducks in the country, said on Wednesday the Singapore newspaper Strats Times.

"We found a highly pathogenic avian influenza virus subtype H5N1 — put 2.3 (a group of organisms, united by the presence of a common ancestor.) It is very different from the open earlier form of avian flu — clade 2.1" — said the head of the Livestock Breeding and Veterinary Department of Agriculture of Indonesia Shukur Ivantoro (Syukur Iwantoro).

According to the latest WHO data, since

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In 2020, a terrible virus attacks the human race

Pandemics (epidemics, only on a much larger scale) flu will now happen in the world twice as often. This reduction in time intervals between mass attacks infections director of Institute of Influenza, Oleg Kiselyov.

"Projected contraction cycles between pandemics — the time interval between them can be from 7 to 12 years, although was previously 20 years", — quotes Kisileva RIA "Novosti". The next influenza pandemic, according to him, the world will be covered in 2020. What kind of virus attacks the human race is unknown.

However, for each sample of the virus that scientists have a special passport,

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The connection between La Niney and pandemic influenza

Jeffrey Shemen of Columbia University (USA) and his colleagues concluded that La Niña can cause an influenza pandemic.

The scientists found that the last four pandemics follow La Niney — natural phenomenon, characterized by cooling the surface of the eastern Pacific Ocean. On the other hand, not every La Niña led to a pandemic, so to their own conclusions, the authors are careful. Most likely, some climate events is not enough here to work a few more factors.

The last four pandemics — a "Spanish flu" in 1918, the Asian flu of 1957, Hong Kong 1958-th and "swine" of

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