A man in China contracted bird flu because he was in close contact with his infected son, although the virus had not mutated into a form that is highly contagious among humans, authorities said Thursday.
A 52-year-old man, identified only by his surname Lu, was hospitalised with the potentially deadly H5N1 strain of the virus soon after his son died from it on December 2. Lu has since recovered.
Chinese health ministry spokesman Mao Qunan said Lu’s infection was due to close contact with his son, but that the transmission was not technically “human-to-human”. [Full Text]
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