Tuesday, May 23, 2006

Bird flu victim may have been infected by his son

The World Health Organization appears to be edging closer to suggesting that an Indonesian man who died from H5N1 avian flu Monday may have been infected by his 10-year-old son, not through exposure to sick poultry or some other environmental source.

WHO officials had earlier expressed the theory that a thorough investigation might reveal a potential source of contagion in the community, such as use of contaminated chicken feces as manure. But expert disease investigators seem to be ruling out that possibility, a spokesperson for the WHO said from Geneva.

“There’s no supporting evidence to suggest that this is a continuing environmental source that we’ve uncovered yet in the investigation,” said WHO spokesperson Dick Thompson.

“The investigation is still ongoing. We wouldn’t discount the possibility that it is human-to-human transmission.”

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Posted by john T. on 05/23 at 04:29 AM
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