Bloomberg – The United Kingdom has detected an ‘unusual’ human case of bird flu in southwest England, The Health Security Agency said Thursday, describing the risk to the general public as extremely low.
The infected person had close and regular contact with a large number of infected birds.The agency said in an emailed statement, adding that the person was “fine and isolated.” All contacts of patients have been traced and there is no evidence of disease spread, pointed out.
“While the risk of avian influenza to the general public is extremely low, we know that some species have the potential to spread to humans,” HSA chief scientist Isabelle Oliver said in the statement. “There is currently no evidence that this strain detected in the UK can spread from person to person, but we know viruses evolve all the time and we continue to monitor the situation closely.”
The agency said the UK had recently seen a large number of bird flu outbreaks among birds across the country, underlining the importance of monitoring them., as well as the health of anyone in close contact with infected birds.
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