Special Report: Global fight against bird
BEIJING, June 26 (Xinhuanet) -- WHO officials said the
transmission of the bird flu virus between human beings has been confirmed in
It was reported that a woman in Indonedia became
infected with the bird flu virus from a chicken and spread it to the rest of her
household. WHO confirmed that the entire family died.
An investigation conducted by WTO showed
that the deadly bird flu virus mutated in the Indonesian family cluster but
experts insisted Friday it did not become easier to transmit between people and
increase the possibility of a human pandemic.
It is the first evidence indicating that a person
caught the virus from a human and then passed it on to another person.
The deadly H5N1 strain of the bird flu virus first
emerged in Asia in 2003.
Since then it has claimed approximately 130 lives
across the world, mostly in Asia.
Experts believe it poses the greatest threat yet of a
pandemic, a global epidemic of flu that could kill millions, if it acquires the
ability to pass easily from human to human. Enditem