Human to human avian flu transmission?
Health officials have confirmed that bird flu has killed six members of a single family in rural Indonesia, and doctors have tried to determine whether the virus was passed from person to personWhile not great news, I wouldn't be too worried yet, either. There has been apparent human-to-human spread before. From the WHO
Though rare, instances of limited human-to-human transmission of H5N1 and other avian influenza viruses have occurred in association with outbreaks in poultry and should not be a cause for alarm. In no instance has the virus spread beyond a first generation of close contacts or caused illness in the general community. Data from these incidents suggest that transmission requires very close contact with an ill person.As long as this strain of influenza stops in this family I don't think it is any big news. Note also that all the family members were in close proximity to poultry, so they may have all gotten it directly from the birds.