Tuesday, September 28, 2004


WHO ‘suspects’ bird flu passing between humans

`The World Health Organization said yesterday it was “suspecting human-to-human transmission” of bird flu had occurred in northern Thailand, marking what could be the first such transmission of the lethal virus. [..]

The WHO fears H5N1 could mutate into a highly contagious form that triggers a global human flu pandemic.

When asked if a confirmed viral leap between humans in the Thai cases would mark the first step in such a feared mutation, Rai said “I think so.”‘

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