Last Friday Thailand announced a 5 year old boy was the country's latest H5N1 victim. Here is a brief update on the investigation that followed the boy's death:
27 people who had contact with lad in Nakhon Nayok test ‘negative’. Initial tests on people who had been in contact with the country’s latest human case of bird flu have cooled fears of a human-to-human outbreak, though it remains unclear how the infection was transmitted.
None of the blood samples drawn from people who had contact with the 5-year-old boy from Nakhon Nayok who died last week have tested positive.
[...] Meanwhile, the Livestock Development Department said it would track the cause of the boy’s infection. It found no signs of the virus in the poultry near the victim’s house.
“It looks frightening. The chicken didn’t die but the boy did. This is an issue that needs investigation and clear answers,” Yukol Limlaemgthong, the department’s director-general, said.
Sompong said pigeons might be the source of the infection, dismissing the possibility of human-to-human transmission.
There were many pigeons around the boy’s house and the bird-flu virus might have been present in the birds’ faeces, he said.
The article is from The Nation.