Flu WHO says H5N1 mutated in Indonesia

Discussion in 'Survival Medicine' started by Quigley_Sharps, Jun 23, 2006.

  1. Quigley_Sharps

    Quigley_Sharps The Badministrator Administrator Founding Member

    GENEVA (Reuters) - The H5N1 birdflu virus mutated somewhat among Indonesians in the largest known human cluster, but did not evolve into a more transmissible form, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Friday.


    A spokeswoman for the U.N. agency, Maria Cheng, said the result had come from its investigation into a recent cluster of cases in northern Sumatra, where seven members of a single family were killed in May.

    "There was a mutation found, it was in a report recently given to the (Indonesian) government. It was the summary of the investigation into the northern Sumatra case," she told Reuters in Geneva, in response to a query.

    "But it did not mutate into a form that is more transmissible because it didn't seem to go beyond the cluster," she added.

    Indonesian and WHO officials closely monitored more than 50 contacts of the victims, keeping them in voluntary home quarantine for several weeks following the outbreak, but none developed symptoms, according to the Geneva-based agency.

    The H5N1 strain of avian influenza has spread rapidly out of eastern Asia in recent months. It almost exclusively infects birds but has killed 130 people since 2003, 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.
  2. BAT1

    BAT1 Cowboys know no fear

    Seems like everytime the WHO goes somewhere an epidemic follows. Look at Africa. They gave the aids vaccine out and the whole country is dying now. Some nurses were prosecuted for injecting people with it. In 1999, the WHO got caught ordering 199,000 liters of HIV2 virus. What's up with that? Don't trust them a bit.
  3. BRONZ

    BRONZ Monkey+++ Moderator Emeritus Founding Member

    thinning the herd maybe...
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