A family of eight people infected with bird flu in Indonesia may have passed the disease among themselves rather than catching it from poultry, the World Health Organisation (WHO) said on Tuesday.
The WHO team in Indonesia investigating the situation can't find an animal source of this infection, and in the absence of a known animal source, "we will have to treat this as possibly human to human transmission of the virus", he said.
Could this be the beginning of what health officials have feared for so long? A mutation of the virus that spreads from human to human?
I don't want to scare anybody, but we need to be ready for this stuff. I can't be taken lightly. I really believe that.
I would encourage everyone to keep your ears peeled for more on this issue.
Think I'm overreacting? Maybe - but I don't want to see a repeat of the pandemic that took so many of our ancestors. I'd much rather be safe than sorry.