The man had direct contact with infected poultry on a farm.
Colorado guest is first person in US to test positive Bird flu As the disease continues to spread in the country, it affects birds and poultry.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment said the man, who is under 40, was involved in the culling of poultry presumably infected with the virus.
according to press release From CDPHE, the man, an inmate at a state correctional facility in Delta County — about 100 miles southwest of Aspen — was exposed while working with infected poultry on a commercial farm in Montrose County, about 50 miles away.
The farm work is part of a pre-release employment program where guests can work for private companies and get paid.
The man was asymptomatic and only reported fatigue for a few days, according to Center for Disease Control. He has since recovered but is currently isolated and receiving the antiviral drug Tamiflu.
Dr. Rachel Hurley, a government epidemiologist at CDHE, told ABC News that the man had 10 close contacts who were either co-workers of the farm, lived with him or used the same transportation services as he did. They all tested negative.
The man’s repeated test for influenza was negative.
“We’re not sure if this person is actually infected, and we may never know for sure,” Herlihy said. “We don’t know if this person has been infected, meaning that the virus was present and multiplying in their body, or if some level of surface contamination occurred in that person’s nose. You can have virus in your nose, and it can be detected in the test, but that doesn’t necessarily mean that it causes infection. “.
The CDC also indicated that the discovery of bird flu could be the result of surface contamination.
Health officials insisted there are few risks to the general public and no evidence that the virus is spreading from person to person.
“We know this is primarily an animal health issue,” Hurlihy said. “There are a lot of viruses that are transmitted within species but not between species… Everything we know about the virus now indicates that it is only transmitted between bird species.”
According to the US Department of Agriculture Latest ReportSince late 2021, avian influenza has been detected in commercial and backyard birds in 29 states and in wild birds in 34 states. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said that more than 2,500 people directly exposed to infected animals have been tested for bird flu and have been negative.
Bird flu infection in people is rare, but direct exposure to infected wild poultry or birds increases this risk. The first human case of this specific virus was discovered by UK health officials in an asymptomatic patient who was keeping infected birds.
Officials say it’s safe to eat eggs and poultry, and the USDA always advises proper handling and cooking of poultry products.
Health officials said poultry owners or handlers should monitor birds for signs of bird flu and monitor feed and water supplies to avoid contamination.
Hurley recommends that people avoid contact with poultry or birds that appear to be sick or dead, as well as contact with surfaces that appear to be contaminated with feces from wild or domestic birds.
Those who are required to handle sick or dead birds are advised to wear gloves and wash their hands with soap and water afterward.