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Bird flu was thought only to infect birds until the first human cases were seen in Hong Kong in 1997.
As of January 2008, the World Health Organization (WHO) had confirmed 348 cases of H5N1 in humans in Azerbaijan, Cambodia, China, Djibouti, Egypt, Indonesia, Iraq, Lao People's Democratic Republic, Myanmar, Nigeria, Pakistan, Thailand, Turkey and Vietnam, leading to 216 deaths.
For the most part, humans have contracted the virus following very close contact with sick birds.
There may have been examples of human-to-human transmission, but so far not in the form which could fuel a pandemic.
A case in Thailand indicated the probable transmission of the virus from a girl who had the disease to her mother, who also died.
The girl's aunt, who was also infected, survived the virus.
Originally posted by ravenshadow13
I'm getting the HPV and meningitis vaccines as soon as I can afford them! And if the bird flu vaccine comes out, I'll be one of the first lined up and I will let yall know if I die or not.
The existing public health act, last amended in 2002 to prepare for possible bioterrorist attacks, already lets the province quarantine individuals, force them to undergo medical treatment, or be immunized.