Infectious Diseases 2008

Infectious Diseases 2008

Human to human infection with avian influenza in China: study

China 8 April, 2008 A 24-year old man in China probably infected his father with the H5N1 strain of bird flu before dying, renewing concerns that the disease could one day spread easily among humans.
Yu Wang of the Chinese Centre for Disease Control and Prevention in Beijing and colleagues investigated the cases of the man and his son, who were diagnosed within a week of each other in December 2007 in Jiangsu Province. This was published early online and in the April 2008 issue of The Lancet.
The son, aged 24, died, while his 52 year old father survived after receiving early antiviral treatment and post-vaccination plasma from a participant in an H5N1 vaccine trial. The only potential point of exposure of the son's was a visit to a poultry market six days before the illness's onset. In the meanwhile, the father had considerable unprotected exposure to his sick son.