Thursday, May 18, 2006

More on the recent Avian flu cluster

DemFromCT provides an interesting update on what we know and don't know about the recent cluster in Indonesia of Avian flu cases in which 6 of 8 people with the flu died.

The good news is that transmission of the flu to humans is still difficult. The bad news is that pigs can catch both human flu and avian flu, making them a potential "mixing bowl" in whicb the virii of both kinds of flu can mix and possibly merge in ways that allow a new flu appear that is easily transmitted between humans.

The Flu Wiki (see sidebar) provides a list of flu clusters and the countries in which they have occured. The Indonesian case about has not yet been added as I write this.

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