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Avian flu: Indonesian cluster raises spectre of human transmission

This article was originally published in Clinica

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The World Health Organization is concerned that a cluster of avian flu deaths in Indonesia could well be occurring as a result of human-to-human transmission. Genetic analyses have not revealed changes in the virus that might suggest greater human predisposition, but this latest development has again raised the spectre of a pandemic that would likely test the capacity of the world's most developed and well-resourced healthcare systems.

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