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Title: Update on avian influenza : may 2008
Authors: Melillo Fenech, Tanya
Keywords: Avian influenza -- Epidemiology
Avian influenza -- Vaccination
Avian influenza -- Prevention
Issue Date: 2008-05
Publisher: Medical Portals Ltd.
Citation: Melillo Fenech, T. (2008). Update on avian influenza : may 2008. The Synapse : the Medical Professionals' Network, 3, 18.
Abstract: An article in The Lancet, March 2008 states that a family cluster of confirmed cases of the highly pathogenic avian influenza virus H5N1 was possibly due to human to human transmission. Genetic sequencing confirmed the likelihood that a 24 year old who died of bird flu passed the virus directly to his father who was taking care of him while he was in hospital. The father recovered and was given Oseltamivir, Rimantadine as well as a serum from a woman who was inoculated with an experimental H5N1 vaccine. According to WHO, the H5N1 virus has already killed 234 people out of 376 in 12 countries. since 2003. Most were due to direct infection by sick birds but in a few rare cases it appears that there was human to human transmission. This occurred among genetically related persons.
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