New bird flu strain emerges in Asia

A new variation of the bird flu virus has emerged in Asia, possibly as a result of the massive vaccination programs that have been rolled out to stop the disease in bird populations. But health officials are emphasizing that this new bird flu strain--H5N1 Fujian-like--appears to hold no greater threats to humans than the two dominant strains that have already spread through the continent. "We don't know what is driving this," said the noted bird flu expert Dr. Robert Webster of St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital.

- here's the AP report on bird flu