Thursday, January 19, 2006

Bird flu the cause of toddlers death

Indonesian officials have confirmed that a toddler, who died this week, tested positive for the H5N1 strain of avian influenza. The boy’s 13 year old sister also died from the same virus last week. Both cases still have to be confirmed by The World Health Organization and other sources outside the country.

The latest victims of avian influenza appear to match the pattern of being infected by the H5N1 strain of the virus. China and Turkey have also reported deaths from bird flu this month. The infections in Turkey this month, 4 so far, bring the virus to gates of Europe and the Middle East.

There are still no signs that the virus has mutated to a strain that can spread from human to human. In all reported cases of Human infection the virus started in birds and was transmitted to humans through touch. In one particular instance in Turkey, a young girl kissed a pet chicken and was infected.

Reports are starting to surface from some researchers that the “Flu Vaccines? being stockpiled by the US and other countries may not be effective against the avian influenza if it fact it does mutate to a human to human transmittable version.

Posted by john T. on 01/19 at 07:53 PM
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