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Vincent, Alan, and Rich review concern over an influenza H5N1 transmission experiment, and a new host defense protein against RNA viruses.
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See: Probable Person-to-Person Transmission of Avian Influenza A (H5N1) in the NEJM 352:4, January 27, 2005; pp. 333-340. The paper is authored by a group from Thailand (very good medicine there) and CDC here –led by Kumnuan Ungchusak.
Apparently there has been at least two cases of direct transmission of this virus, although I suspect it isn’t easy to accomplish.
Carl Zimmer has now written a piece on this story; even-handed, non-sensationalist and reliable as ever.