Bird flu: Person confirmed to have avian influenza after rare transmission in south-west England


Britain’s Health Protection Agency announced on Thursday that a man in the south-west of England has been confirmed to have avian flu.,

The agency said the person was in close contact with infected birds and there was no evidence of further transmission.

“The person acquired the infection from very close, regular contact with a large number of infected birds, which they kept in and around their home for long periods of time,” UKHSA said.

“All the contacts of the person including those who visited the premises have been traced and there is no evidence of further spread of the infection to anyone else. The person is currently fine and is self-isolating. The risk to the wider public from avian flu is very small.”

According to the UKHSA, some strains of bird flu can be passed from birds to people, but this is extremely rare.

It usually requires close contact with an infected bird, so the risk to humans is generally thought to be very low.

The organization said human-to-human transmission of bird flu is also very rare.

The case came after the Animal and Plant Health Agency (APHA) identified an outbreak of the H5N1 strain of bird flu in flocks.

All infected birds have been killed.

As a precaution, the UKHSA swabbed the person involved and detected low levels of flu.

Further laboratory analysis revealed that the virus was the type “H5” found in birds.

The UKHSA said that, at this point, it is not possible to confirm that this is an H5N1 infection (the strain that is currently circulating in birds in the UK).

But the UKHSA has informed the World Health Organization (WHO) as a precaution.

It said it was the first human case of the strain in the UK, although cases have been reported elsewhere globally.

Professor Isabel Oliver, UKHSA’s Chief Scientific Officer, said: “While the risk of avian flu to the general public is very small, we know that some strains have the potential to spread to humans and so we have robust systems in place to prevent these early. can be detected and action taken.