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Tuesday, May 9th 2006

Children Most At Risk

H5N1, should it ever mutate to easily infect humans, will hit school age children the hardest.

One of Canada’s top microbiologists warned on Tuesday that school-age children would be most at risk in a bird flu pandemic, echoing a 1918 pandemic that killed millions of people.

“Most cases in humans have been young, reminiscent of 1918,” Donald Low, microbiologist-in-chief at Toronto’s Mount Sinai Hospital, said in a speech in Toronto.