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Influenza virus galloped its way to humans through horses and not just birds

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A new study that analyzed about 80,000 gene sequences from flu viruses has revealed that birds may have had some help from horses in spreading the virus that eventually killed 50 million to 100 million people in the influenza pandemic in 1918. Two viral genes may have circulated for years before the pandemic, and may have combined to create the lethal virus.

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