First Human Transmission of Birdflu?

The World Health Organization reports the possibility of several cases of human-transmitted birdflu in Indonesia:

May 23 (Bloomberg)—All seven people infected with bird flu in a cluster of Indonesian cases can be linked to other patients, according to disease trackers investigating possible human-to-human transmission of the H5N1 virus.

A team of international experts has been unable to find animals that might have infected the people, the World Health Organization said in a statement today. In one case, a 10-year- old boy who caught the virus from his aunt may have passed it to his father, the first time officials have seen evidence of a three-person chain of infection, an agency spokeswoman said. Six of the seven people have died.

Read more here.

I just hope that this is not the case, and that human transmission has not yet begun. If it has, then we should all be very concerned. To put it lightly.

As it stands I don’t think any government organization is postured to prevent or deal with this potential pandemic. In fact I don’t believe that anyone anywhere is near close enough to dealing with this on the massive scale of infection that has been predicted.

(H/T Drudge)


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One Response to First Human Transmission of Birdflu?

  1. chuckles says:

    Note that in both this case and the Thai case last year, transmission requires prolonged exposure in a confined environment. NOT casual contact.

    Nonetheless, something to keep an eye out for.

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