posted on Sep, 7 2011 @ 09:17 AM
While people who handle infected birds and those with suppressed immune systems face the greatest risk of contracting APMV, it usually causes only
mild flu-like symptoms or conjunctivitis.
"It rarely transmits to humans, and when it does only causes mild illness ... possibly a bit of conjunctivitis.
"But it's very rare to be a human infection and rare to be anything but trivial.
"So it's in a different ballpark from avian flu."
There are believed to be nine different known types of APMV, ranging from APMV-1 to APMV-9, and scientists are yet to determine the one involved in
the Victorian outbreak.
The group of viruses that make up APMV-1 includes Newcastle disease, a highly contagious ailment which affects all birds and has previously infected
While avian paramyxoviruses are not considered dangerous to people, the death of a 42-year-old man in the US was linked to Newcastle disease.
A study published in the Journal of Virology by American health authorities in 2007 said APMV-1 was found in lung tissue taken from the man during an
"This is the most completely documented case of a systemic human infection caused by APMV-1, and it is the first report of an association of this
virus with a fatal disease in a human," the study said.
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