Human to Human bird flu transmission in Pakistan confirmed by WHO-(World Health Org)

GENEVA (AFP) — Experts with the World Health Organisation (WHO) on Thursday confirmed the first case of inter-human transmission of bird flu in Pakistan, but ruled out any risk of a widespread outbreak.

Laboratory tests established that the person had been infected with the potentially fatal H5N1 strain of the virus, even though had not been in contact with contaminated poultry.

“Because we have an individual not directly exposed to sick birds suggests a limited human-to-human transmission,” said spokesman John Rainford told AFP.

Human-to-human contamination has been reported in Cambodia, Indonesia and Vietnam in recent months, but has not spread beyond a single person. A suspected case in China was denied by the authorities there.

In the latest case in Pakistan, a WHO statement said preliminary checks had found “no evidence of sustained or community human to human transmission.”

It added: “All identified close contacts including the other members of the affected family and involved health care workers remain asymptomatic and have been removed from close medical observation.”

The WHO team was sent after the ministry announced the death of a man who was one of six people infected with the H5N1 strain in North West Frontier Province along the Afghanistan border.

A brother of the victim also died before being tested for the virus. Both had worked on a cull of infected poultry.

Avian flu story source: AFP

Posted by on 12/28 at 11:21 AM

Hello, I have been checking your site a couple of times aweek for several months just to monitor propagation.  Good Work!!

Somewhere i had seen a table giving not just Country (cases,deaths) as your format but also gave a month of death.  Would you know where that is or is it a feature you can include here at your site.  It seems to me that we have seen an escalation in the “kill ratio” in the last 3 months, and it would be nice to have that available conveniently instead of doing a lot of back report searching.  Thanks And Kudos.

Posted by  on  12/31  at  12:47 PM
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