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The outbreaks involved different strains, including H5N6, H5N1, and H5N8.
The strain has 2 mutations that might alter its susceptibility to the neuraminidase inhibitor class of antiviral drugs.
Also, Cambodia reports an H5N1 outbreak in poultry, its first in nearly a year.
In South Korea, H5N6 developments in poultry prompted a move to the highest avian flu alert level.
Current viruses fall into 2 geographically separate clades.
In addition, Korea, Zimbabwe, and Luxembourg note H5N8, and Libya confirms H7.
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