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January 27, 2005

Bird flu transmitted between humans: study

Topics: Health Issues

Previous Hyscience posts on the avian influenza can be linked to from the most recent post. Hyscience has written numerous articles on this topic and has warned that human to human transmission has actually already previously ocurred.

Researchers have reportedly confirmed bird flu can be transmitted between humans.

Today's ABCNewsOnline in Australia reports that the New England Journal of Medicine says the Thai Public Health Ministry and the US Centre for Disease Control have found evidence that an 11-year-old girl who died in Thailand last year passed the disease on to her mother and aunt.

The girl had contracted the flu from a chicken, but the two women had not come into contact with infected birds.

Health experts have long been concerned that a mutated form of H5N1 may eventually emerge that would not only be lethal but also highly contagious and capable of causing a global pandemic.

Note:  It is highly unlikely that this is the first human to human transmission!

Hat tip Roth Report

Posted by Hyscience at January 27, 2005 11:27 PM

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