Tuesday, December 4, 2007

H5N1 death in mainland China: What was the source?

"A 24-year-old man, who had no known contact with infected or dead poultry, died from avian flu on Sunday."

Mainland ministry of health officials are trying to piece together what exposure he may have had to the virus. Sixty-nine of his contacts in the days leading up to his death are being closely monitored. None have shown signs of H5N1 symptoms. Officials are cautioning people not to jump to conclusions and that there is no current evidence to point to human-to-human transmission.

Questions have been raised, particulalry by virologist Julian Tang Wei-tze, about the man's contact history with poultry, noting that it may have simply been incomplete.

Full Story: http://www.thestandard.com.hk/news_detail.asp?we_cat=4&art_id=58026&sid=16579988&con_type=1&d_str=20071204&fc=2

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