China Confirms December Case of Human to Human Bird Flu Transmission

From Voice of America:

Chinese health officials have confirmed earlier speculation that a father contracted bird flu from his son last December.

Researchers from Beijing’s Chinese Center for Disease Control said a 24-year-old man spread the disease to his 52-year-old father in China’s eastern province of Jiangsu. The son died, but the father survived.

Also Monday, Chinese officials confirmed an outbreak of the H5N1 strain of on a farm in the remote region of Tibet has killed about 268 chickens.

Bird flu tends to be more active in lower temperatures and since the start of this year, China has confirmed three human deaths from the disease and several outbreaks among poultry.

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