he World Health Organization said today that limited human-to-human transmission of bird flu might have occurred in an Indonesian family of which six members died of bird flu. Health experts are trying to trace anyone who might have come into close contact with the family.
But the world's health agency said that as of now there has been no evidence to indicate that the H5N1 virus has mutated to a form that is easily transmissible between humans. The problem as far as they are concerned is that a definite source of infection in the family has not been identified. This according to WHO regional spokesman Peter Cordingley is very worrying.
"We have seen clusters in the past and we have seen what was almost certainly (maybe) limited human to human transmission in some cases," he said. "But this is significant because it's the mother of all clusters. It's seven people, six of whom have died and possibly an eighth as well who died before samples could be taken so this is the mother of all clusters." Source : Foodconsumer.org