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Spread of bird flu ‘likely’ by personal contact JAKARTA - Human-to-human transmission is the most likely cause of bird flu last month in seven members of a family living on Indonesia's Sumatra Island, the country's Ministry of Health said.

The cases, six of which were fatal, represent Indonesia's largest reported cluster of infections caused by the lethal H5N1 avian influenza strain, the ministry said in a summary of an investigation. The 7-page document, which was produced in conjunction with the World Health Organization, was obtained by Bloomberg News today.

Indonesia's struggle to arrest the spread of avian flu in poultry and prevent human infection is attracting international attention. The virus has killed a person every six days in the nation this year and the cluster on Sumatra provides the first evidence of a three-person chain of infection. "All of us, including the government of Indonesia, are concerned that human cases are still occurring and that virus is still present in many flocks around the country,'' Keiji Fukuda, the coordinator of the WHO's global influenza program, said in an interview on June 21 in the Indonesian capital, Jakarta.

Human H5N1 cases provide opportunity for the virus to mutate into a pandemic form that may kill millions of people. At least 130 of the 228 people known to be infected with bird flu since 2003 have died, according to the Geneva-based WHO. World health officials are tracking the spread of the virus in the event it evolves to become easily transmissible among people, sparking a flu pandemic.

Genetic sequence analyses showed there was no evidence of genetic re-assortment in virus samples taken from the Sumatran patients, the summary said. "All H5N1 viruses were anti-genetically and genetically very closely related and similar to H5N1 viruses isolated from poultry and humans in Indonesia,'' it said.


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Posted in Bird Flu @ 23 June 2006 07:08 CET by Jeroen · 'Blog' RSS feed · permalink





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If this really is the case then this might well be a last warning from nature to humans to take notice of this and react to it in a proper way. Also, when it's proven it's no longer an Indonesian affair, but an international issue that should be stopped as soon as possible.



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This should allay fears of a human pandemic after WHO report showed that the H5N1 virus had mutated slightly in Indonesia. The virus that infected eight members of the same family in Kubu Simbelang village in Sumatera last month-killing seven of them- appears to have mutated slightly in a 10-year-old boy. The boy is then suspected of having passed the virus to his father, according to WHO investigative report.

Anyway, WHO's global influenza programme coordinator, Keiji Fukuda, said the slight mutation of the virus in the Sumatra family cluster should not spark panic. Fukuda also said there is no evidence of a sustained human-to-human transmission.

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