- Hello Jeff - I sent this to you so that
you, too, could read the double speak in this one. The 31 year old truck
driver who contracted H5N1 might have contracted H5N1 by visiting a 'live'
poultry market. Yes, but in another sentence they claim that there are
no poultry outbreaks in the area.
- Even if we are to assume that the man
simply walked through the live market, then we can safely assume that the
virus is MORE potent and virulent - as he had NO direct contact with poultry.
Normally, we saw people infected who had PROLONGED, direct contact with
- I think it obvious that the virus IS
changing and we may see people who do not have prolonged, direct contact
with infected birds taking ill. In future cases it may become obvious
that people will: 1. contract H5N1 from brief contact with infected birds,
and 2. contract H5N1 from infected people via human-to-human contact.
At first, the human-to-human contact may be via close family contact but
eventually it will probably be via brief social contact.
- China - H5N1 Avian Influenza Update
- A ProMED-mail post
- ProMED-mail is a program of the
- International Society for Infectious
- WHO Disease Outbreak News
- The Ministry of Health in China has confirmed
the country's 19th case of human infection with the H5N1 avian influenza
- The patient is a 31-year-old man employed
as a truck driver in Shenzhen City, Guangdong Province, near the border
with Hong Kong. He developed symptoms on 3 Jun 2006 and was hospitalized
on 9 Jun. He remains hospitalized, in critical condition, with severe pneumonia.
- Investigation of his source of infection
is under way. Preliminary reports indicate the man visited a local market
where live poultry are sold on several occasions prior to symptom onset.
However, health authorities have not been able to determine whether he
was exposed to infected poultry at that market or elsewhere.
- H5N1 infections in poultry have not been
officially reported in the area.
- The last (18th) confirmed case from China
was an 8-year-old girl from the southwestern province of Sichuan. She developed
symptoms of fever and pneumonia on 16 Apr 2006 -- see ProMED ref.(54) below.
Of the 19 laboratory-confirmed cases in China reported to date, 12 have
been fatal -- see WHO table at http://www.who.int/csr/disease/avian_influenza/country/cases_table_2006_06_16/
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- Patricia A. Doyle DVM, PhD
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