Bird flu H7N9 transmitted human-to-human in China, report says

More than 100 people have been sickened by the H7N9 virus in China. Photo: Associated Press

A British medical journal will publish this week what it calls the "strongest evidence" of the first ever human-to-human transmission of the H7N9 virus - more commonly known as the new bird flu.

Medical News Today says that the BMJ (British Medical Journal) says that the daughter of a Chinese man who contracted the virus after handling live birds likely caught the disease while tending to him in the hospital.

More than 125 people in eastern China have reportedly been infected by H7N9 through this past June, Medical News Today says.

Medical officials say that the 32-year-old daughter of the 60-year-old man, who later died from the disease, did not handle infected birds herself. She fell ill about a week after she last saw her father.