This paper in the New England Journal of Medicine summarises key information about how the H5N1 virus infects people and reviews recommendations for preventing infections and managing healthcare if they occur. It covers ways that H5N1 can be transmitted to people, the clinical symptoms it causes, and how to diagnose and treat infections. The paper also details strategies for preventing the spread of the virus. It says its recommendations are likely to change as new information about the virus becomes known. The paper is based partly on a World Health Organization meeting that took place in Vietnam in 2005, and has been translated into several languages, including Chinese, French, Korean, Portuguese, Spanish and Turkish.


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