Possible Human To
Human Transmission of Bird Flu In Indonesia - Cluster - Stock Up On
Disaster Supplies Recommended By US Authorities
May 18th 2006
WHO Threat Chart
The World Health Organization (WHO) has not ruled out human-to-human
transmission in a recent outbreak of the H5N1 avian flu. Six family
members have died since they met at a family gathering on April 29th,
while a seventh victim is still alive. This is the largest cluster of
cases, closely related in time and place, reported to date.
The researchers are not sure how the initial case was contracted.
Almost all human H5N1 cases have been linked to close contact with sick
or dead birds. The WHO speculates that these cases may have been due to
a “shared environmental exposure”.
One fatal case involved a 38-year old woman in the city of Surabaya,
East Java. The other six cases were from a village, Kubu Sembelang, in
the Karo district of North Sumatra. It is believed that one of these
family members, a 37 year old woman, was the initial case.