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USD researcher helping to track future flu strains

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  As the influenza virus continues to spread from coast to coast, infecting millions of people along the way...one local man is researching it to help scientists predict the severity of future lethal flu strains.

  Dr. Victor Huber an assistant professor at the USD Sanford School of Medicine is helping research these lethal flu strains in order to prepare for future outbreaks.

  Dr. Huber's research focuses on keeping track of changes in the flu virus so public health workers have an earlier warning that more lethal strains may be developing...

  Huber's research includes developing vaccines that will protect against multiple viruses within a single influenza virus subtype...like H3N2. "We do surveillance of the influenza viruses, where we look at the individual genes expressed by the viruses, we find out if there is a specific proteins that could be associated with more specific illnesses."

 Huber stresses that researchers need to plan ahead because this current situation has some public health officials concerned that countries are already accessing their emergency reserves.

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