Tuesday, January 10, 2006

Avian Influenza Turkey Update - No human to human spread.

The avian influenza virus that is being reported in Turkey, so far has been spreading from bird to human. A leading scientist added
that it is simular to the H5N1 strain isolated from chickens.

The director of the World Health Organization World Influenza Centre, Dr. Alan Hay in Britain which analysed samples from the children, said his team is doing other tests to see if there were any genetic changes that could increase its pandemic potential and enable it to spread easily from one person to another. The results of these tests should be known in a couple of days

“The first preliminary indication from the limited data we have is that the virus is similar to viruses isolated from a chicken in Turkey,” Hay said in an interview.He expects the findings from further genetic tests, like the results from tests of viruses in Asia, will show it is a wholly avian virus.

The fear by Scientists so far, has been that the H5N1 strain(this strain spreads from bird to human not human to human), currently found in infected Fowl (Ducks, Chickens, Geese, wild birds etc.), could mutate on its own or mix with the genetic material from a human form of flu virus allowing it to become highly infectious to humans and capable of killing millions of people.

Posted by john T. on 01/10 at 08:43 AM
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