ANCHOR LEAD: A WELL CHARACTERIZED CASE OF SON TO FATHER TRANSMISSION OF BIRD FLU HAS BEEN REVEALED, ELIZABETH TRACEY REPORTS
Bird flu has been meandering around Asia for some time now, largely infecting those in contact with poultry. While a few cases of human to human transmission have been reported, now a well documented case of son to father transmission has occurred. John Bartlett, an infectious disease expert at Johns Hopkins, says it’s not time for full scare panic yet.
BARTLETT: I’m not alarmed, I think its good that people have tracked this. As soon as people start to see human to human transmission, wherever it is, then every other case increases the need for great surveillance. It also increases the need for good molecular biology to know if that mutation, which they have characterized, could be responsible for that. Once that happens then everything else has to fall into place. :29
Appropriate actions include containment strategies and development and administration of a vaccine. I’m Elizabeth Tracey reporting.