WASHINGTON (CN) - The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention request information and comments to questions on a highly contagious "goose" variant of avian influenza H5N1 viruses.
The viruses contain a hemagglutinin from the Goose/Guangdong/1/96 lineage.
The CDC, among other questions, asks about "their potential to pose a severe threat to public health and safety."
The CDC notes on a website that ferrets can transmit this variant, and it has been associated with infections in humans.
Comments will be accepted until Dec. 17.
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