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By Mangosuthu Buthelezi
Memories of a long brotherhood tempered in common struggle
Independent voices from the The Washington Times Communities
Topic - Glenn Thomas
After a new strand of bird flu previously unseen in humans killed 17 of the 87 people it has infected, Chinese officials are looking into the possibility of human-to-human transmission of the H7N9 strain.
Britain's Health Protection Agency has published an early genetic sequence of the new respiratory virus related to SARS that shows it is most closely linked to bat viruses, and scientists say camels, sheep or goats might end up being implicated too.
"People don't need to panic, because such limited human-to-human transmission won't prompt a pandemic," he said.
WHO spokesman Glenn Thomas told U.S. News that "it's still too early to say" whether there have been human-to-human transmission.