Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Avian, human flu coinfection reported in Indonesian teenager

The first case of coinfection with H3N2 and H5N1 was reported nearly a year ago in Indonesia in April 2007.  This type of coinfection is what many public health specialists fear will give rise to a pandemic flu strain, given the possibility of genetic reassortment that could lead to a H5N1 strain that is more easily transmitted human to human.

The 16-year old girl who was tested only experience mild fly symptoms, but RT-PCR demonstrated both H5N1 and H3N3, although antibody sera were positive for H5N1 and negative for H3N2.

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