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H7N9 Human Transmission Identified

Reuters reports on a new study identifying the first recorded person-to-person H7N9 transmission, and providing “a timely reminder of the need to remain extremely vigilant.” The study, analyzing a Chinese family infected with the virus, found it very likely that H7N9 “transmitted directly from the index patient (a 60-year-old man) to his daughter.” Despite this latest news, researchers stressed “that the virus has not yet gained the ability to transmit from person to person efficiently – meaning the risk is very low that it could cause a human pandemic in its current form.”

Read the article published by Reuters.

Read the study in BMJ.