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Bird Flu Virus does not Spread through Human to Human Contact

Recently, in the southern Chinese city of Shenzhen a 39 year old bus driver was affected by bird flu and it was found that this disease is not transmissible between humans.

“The virus found in the patient was 90 percent similar to H5N1 viruses previously isolated in ducks in China, which suggested that the man was very likely to have been infected through direct contact with a bird,” the Shenzhen Center for Disease Prevention and Control said in a statement.

The bus driver was probably infected through direct contact with the birds and is still not transmissible between humans. According to the Hong Kong’s Centre for Health Protection the virus strain found in the bus driver is very similar to the recently found virus in the wild birds in hong kong. An analysis of its genes also found that the virus can be treated by amantadine, a common antiviral drug.

A week after being admitted to the hospital  the man suffering from  bird flu who lives in Shenzhen just across the border from Hong Kong, died from multi-organ failure on Saturday

Hong Kong culled 17,000 chickens at a wholesale poultry market two weeks ago after a dead chicken there tested positive for H5N1 avian virus, and suspended imports of live chickens from the mainland for 21 days in a bid to prevent any spread of the disease.