Taiwanese Woman Is the First Human to Be Sickened by H6N1 Bird Flu

Source: Los Angeles Times

By: Kaplan, Karen


A young woman in Taiwan has become the first person to be infected with the H6N1 avian influenza virus. The woman became sick in May, was hospitalized for several days, and has since recovered, according to a report in Lancet Respiratory Medicine. It is not yet clear how the 20-year-old woman contracted the virus, as she did not have any contact with chickens and had not traveled in the three months before she became ill. “The investigation of the transmission pathways that caused the patient’s infection did not reach a clear conclusion,” the researchers reported. “Because understanding the transmissibility of a novel influenza virus is of major importance to public health, further field and laboratory investigations are warranted.”

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