According to recent research published in the Journal of Virology, "Widespread distribution of highly pathogenic avian H5N1 influenzaviruses in domesticated and wild birds continues to pose a threat to public health, as interspecies transmission of virus has resulted in increasing numbers of human disease cases. Although the pathogenic mechanism(s) of H5N1 influenza viruses has not been fully elucidated, it has been suggested that the ability to evade host innate responses, such as the type I interferon response, may contribute to the virulence of these viruses in mammals."
"We investigated the role that type I interferons (alpha/beta interferon...
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