The new variant has become the primary version of bird flu in several provinces of China and has spread to Hong Kong, Laos, Malaysia and Thailand, according to a report published in the latest issue of Proceedings Of The National Academy Of Sciences.
It is being called H5N1 Fujian-like, to distinguish it from earlier Hong Kong and Vietnam variants.
'We don't know what is driving this,' report co-author Dr Robert G Webster of St Jude's Children's Research Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee, said.
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