For those of you who read about bird flu spreading to humans and think its
some new disease or problem that is just now occurring, I would like to set the
Actually, the first signs of bird flu spreading to humans was in 1997. The
case occurred in Hong Kong and the seriousness was quickly realized. The
following is an article I found on News Bank from December 11, 1997
Paper: The Cincinnati Post
Title: Bird flu found in humans
Date: December 11, 1997
Doctors expressed concern this week that a rare bird flu discovered in
humans in Hong Kong could cause a widespread epidemic, but said it was too
early to tell how serious the threat was.
"That's what everybody is wondering about - whether this is the beginning
of another pandemic," said Dr. Keiji Fukuda of the Centers for Disease
Control and Prevention in Atlanta. "That's why we very much would like to
identify how this virus is transmitted, and whether there are additional
cases in the Hong Kong population," Fukuda said in a news conference.
A 3-year-old boy died in May after contracting the influenza A H5N1
virus, the first time the bird flu was found in humans.
Three more cases have since been found. A 2-year-old boy was hospitalized
but recovered, a 54-year-old man died and a 13-year-old girl is in critical
condition. Copyright 1997 The Cincinnati Post
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