Fears of human-to-human bird flu transmission

Reports from Indonesia that seven members of a family have died from H5N1 influenza have sparked fears that the bird flu virus may now be transmitted from person to person.

The first member of the family in North Sumatra to contract the virus died of the disease on 4 May. By 22 May, another seven members of the family had been confirmed as H5N1 cases and six of them had died.

The WHO said last week that the source of this outbreak of the virus was unknown.

Although it had found no evidence so far of the virus spreading in the general community, human-to-human transmission of the bird flu virus could not be ruled out, it said.

Have you registered with us yet?

Register now to enjoy more articles and free email bulletins


Already registered?

Sign in

Just published

GP appointment

General practice delivered 342m appointments in 2022 - and lost nearly 500 GPs

General practice in England delivered around 342m appointments in total in 2022 with...

NHS sign

Local GPs unite to take over two practices run by hospital trust

GPs in Swindon have come together to take over two practices that had spent more...

Talking General Practice logo

Podcast: Why are junior doctors preparing to strike?

Talking General Practice speaks to BMA GP trainee committee chair Dr David Smith...


Practices face losing out on QOF income amid soaring demand

GP practices risk losing out on QOF income this year because sky-high demand for...

Nurse giving older man a COVID-19 vaccine

JCVI recommends targeted COVID-19 vaccination programme in 2023

People at higher risk of severe COVID-19 should be offered a booster vaccination...

Health and social care secretary Steve Barclay leaving number 10 Downing Street

Government sets out plans for 'major conditions' health strategy

The government is to set out a strategy to tackle six 'major' health conditions in...