Human-to-Human Fear in Bird-Flu Case

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“An Indonesian who died of bird flu after nursing his sick son might have caught the virus in a case of direct human-to-human transmission, the World Health Organisation (WHO) said today.

WHO gave its first details of the case of a family cluster of H5N1 avian influenza infections in which six people have now died, and today said it was still looking for the source of the outbreak.If it was a case of human-to-human transmission, the virus had not spread very far, it emphasised.

It would not be the first case of human-to-human transmission.

WHO said some limited human-to-human transmission occurred before in other countries, but as in the Indonesian case, it did not last long.” [More]

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