Various media sources reported today:
Father of bird flu victim tests positive: China
The father of a man in China who died this week of bird flu has also tested positive for the H5N1 strain of the disease, the country's health ministry reported on Friday.
A statement on the ministry website said a 52-year-old man in eastern Jiangsu province, identified only by his surname, Lu, has been confirmed with the virus, just days after his 24-year-old son died on Sunday.
The ministry added that all people who had been in contact with the 52-year-old Lu were under observation but that no new cases had appeared.
Earlier this week, provincial health authorities said they had not determined how the deceased Lu contracted the virus, saying he was not known to have had contact with dead poultry.
The ministry gave no further details on the medical condition of the new patient, nor any information on whether human-to-human transmission was to blame.
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Joanna Brent, a Beijing-based WHO spokeswoman, said the father began showing symptoms Monday and was confirmed as having the H5N1 virus on Wednesday. She said he has been hospitalized.
Brent said there was no evidence the man had been infected by his 24-year-old son, who died on Dec. 2, but could not eliminate that possibility.
"Because the possibility of human-to-human transmission cannot be ruled out, we will be monitoring this case closely," Brent told The Associated Press. "If it is found to be easily passed between humans, we would be concerned."
Now would be a good time for the Chinese to start drinking hydrated fullerenes (HyFn's) as a preventive measure...It's just too bad that water impregnated in HyFn's is not on the market yet.
In pre-clinical studies, water with 10(sub-9) nano level concentrations of HyFn's was shown to protect against bacterial and viral infection (e.g., HIV/AIDS, or influenza, H5N1 etc.) HyFn's do not kill viruses and microbes, but the water clusters that form around fullerenes prevent bacteria and viruses from being incorporated into neighboring cells.
Source: Fullerenes, Nanotubes, and Carbon Nanostructures, No13: page363-376, 2005; Is the C60 Fullerene Molecule Toxic?!
Update ( Dec 8, 2007)