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And there is a new warning from the World Health Organization today about a deadly new strain of bird flu.
It's already showing signs of possible.
I repeat possible human to human transmission and he usually does not happen.
In these bird flu situations.
-- -- samples that were sent to the US -- suggest that it may be resistant to some anti viral drugs.
We've been watching this over the last month or so but it seems to be taking a new turn that is -- -- John Roberts is on this live in Atlanta good morning time.
Aborted here Martha -- team -- the World Health Organization including the head of the CDC's influenza division just wrapped up a trip to China.
They described the situation there is complex and severe warning.
That this virus H seven -- nine seems to be particularly deadly a 108 people have gotten sick so far 22 of them have died.
And they are very worried about some reports of suspected human to human transmission.
Doctor Joseph -- he is a flu expert at the Centers for Disease Control which has been diligently watching for the very first signs.
That this virus could be easily transmitted between people.
There are three clusters of infections which are two or three infected members of the same council the same -- -- In these cases sometimes difficult to know whether one human in the family started to another human or they both acquired it from infected -- -- both exposed to.
So far and this is a very very important point there is no evidence of what's called sustained human to human transmission.
-- really would be a worst case scenario would happen because take a look at this the 1918 Spanish flu pandemic.
Which is the bench by part benchmark by which all other clues.
Are measured fifteen million people died the death rate was one in 51 and fifty people who got sick got to take a look at this -- seven and nine.
One in five people who have gotten sick -- -- -- -- that this thing got out there really could be serious.
-- boy those are some really scary numbers John what about the potential for a vaccine or drugs to treat that's.
Those Centers for Disease Control as you can imagine is racing to create a vaccine that the question is though how effective will Libyan people and at any rate.
That's still months away but the Centers for Disease Control you mentioned it's just a second ago.
Did get another sample of the virus from China ran it through its advanced molecular detection system.
And found out that there were certain mutations in the virus which had they gone all the way could have rendered our front line anti viral Tamiflu and relents -- ineffective against this virus.
Mike -- heads that the flu -- at the CDC.
This one have been able to -- to overcome that final step that could have become.
Resistant to those drugs hadn't gotten there yet.
But we could tell by looking at at that and was on its way there that would be problematic it would be a problem.
The Centers for Disease Control also just completed work on important diagnostic kits just in time too because the first case of -- seven and nine has been detected outside of China.
A man in Taiwan.
Who did spend two weeks traveling through China in Jiangsu Province -- John thank you.
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