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Monday, December 10th 2007

Human H5N1 Transmission?

Just speculation following a new case of bird flu in China.

The National Disease Authority has confirmed that a 52-year-old man surnamed Lu from the Nanjing, capital of the eastern province Jiangsu, was feverish with the H5N1 strain on Thursday, the Ministry of Health reported on its Web site.

This latest case raises troublesome questions about how the man was infected.

Lu’s son died on Sunday from the same disease, making the question of how these two infections occurred especially important.

The Xinhua news agency had earlier reported that the son had had no contact with dead poultry and there had been no reported poultry outbreak in the province.

Very sketchy speculation. Well, at least the mainstream media has given up on its alarmist reporting of avian flu…for now.