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Viral shift[edit]

viral shift should link back here.

About risk of pandemic[edit]

"In 2004, scientists pointed out that the avian influenza virus might undergo an antigenic shift with the human flu virus and cause a global influenza pandemic like the one in 1918." The condition for that is there to be an epidemic as the one of influenza type A concomitant with infection of the birds (H5N1 virus). Berton 18:24, 22 March 2006 (UTC)

Death statistic inflated[edit]

The stated death toll on this page for the Spanish flu is inflated to 40-100 million dead, Whereas on the Spanish flu page, and in all research I've done, the toll was around 20-40 million (see Breslow, L. (2002). Encyclopedia of public health. New York: Pearson Education, Inc.)


Citations needed[edit]

Citations are needed in the first paragraph, where it is stated that the term "antigenic shift" is specific to influenza literature. —Preceding unsigned comment added by 71.204.15.239 (talk) 14:17, 25 April 2008 (UTC)

Antigenic shift is not unique to influenza[edit]

This was previously corrected, but some idiot reverted the changes —Preceding unsigned comment added by Danfoste (talkcontribs) 00:09, 26 April 2008 (UTC)

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Antigenic shift

An illustration explaining how antigenic shift can occur in the influenza virus. Antigenic shift occurs when two or more different strains of one or more viruses combine to form a new subtype having a mixture of each original virus's surface antigens. The process may occur in any number of viruses, but influenza is the best-known example. Antigenic shift is a specific case of reassortment or viral shift that confers a phenotypic change, and should not be confused with antigenic drift, which is the natural mutation over time of known viral strains.

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Image does not show antigenic shift[edit]

Does the image really illustrate antigenic shift? To me it looks like it just illustrates 'genetic reassortment' (meaning that segments coding for receptors are not necessarily influenced). The antigens on the new strain (orange and purple are the same as the original avian strain. Antigenic would be a mixture of both avian and human strain; purple and blue /orange and yellow. 2001:638:804:2090:FDBC:DCC2:DAE7:AF7D (talk) 10:58, 17 January 2015 (UTC)