A virulent strain of avian flu that has killed wild birds and domestic poultry—primarily in Asia, Europe, and Africa—and sickened or killed a number of people who came into contact with the birds, is causing concern because of its potential to mutate into a form that can be easily transmitted human to human.
In at least one cluster of cases within an Indonesian family, the flu seems already to have been passed human to human. Health experts believe, however, that the disease is still not easily transmitted between people and that this one case does not represent the start of a pandemic. However, if the virus mutates to a form that allows easy human transmission, a worldwide pandemic could occur.
While avian flu has not appeared in birds or people in the United States, plans are underway to prepare for the possibility. Read More
Pitt Planning For Possible Avian Flu Pandemic (6/12/2006)