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Health Officals Waiting To See How Virus Mutates
Updated May 5, 2013 12:06 AM | Filed under: Network Indiana
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(BLOOMINGTON) - Health care officials are now watching to see how the H1N1 flu virus will mutate. IU Professor Alex Vespignani is a recognized expert on computer modeling of epidemics.

He says the current model shows thousands more cases of the H1N1 flu are possible in the US within the next two weeks.

Since we're entering the summer months in the northern hemisphere, temperatures and humidity levels will be higher and more people will be outside.

Vespignani says that should help to slow the spread of the virus.

He says it will also give health agencies time to develop and distribute an effective vaccine against it.

But countries in the southern hemisphere, where the H1N1 flu virus is expected to migrate next, are now heading into the winter months.

Vespignani says scientists will be monitoring that region closely to see if a mutation of the virus occurs there and begins another cycle of infection.

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