US confirms first human case of bird flu in Colorado 2022-04-30 07:58:16


A Colorado prison inmate has become the first person in the United States to be tested positive for bird flu, announced in a statement published Thursday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

A guest working with poultry

“A person who tested positive for avian influenza A(H5)(H5) virus in the United States, as reported by Colorado and confirmed by the CDC. This case occurred in an individual who had direct exposure to poultry and participated in the culling. (displacement) of presumed avian influenza infected poultry. H5N1,” the CDC wrote.

Fortunately, the CDC further revealed that the patient, who was under 40, reported fatigue for a few days as his only symptom and has since recovered. The patient is isolated and treated with the anti-influenza drug oseltamivir.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) added that it has tracked the health of more than 2,500 people exposed to H5N1-infected birds, and all were found to be free of infection. The agency also said the Colorado man likely only had the virus in his nose and that his body was not infected.

“The appropriate public health response at this time is to assume that this is an infection and to take action to contain and treat it,” the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention statement said.

Low risk of infection

However, the organization said the risks of continued infection are not high, which puts the public at ease.

“This case does not change the human risk assessment for the general public, which the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention considers low,” the organization added.

Lisa Wiley, a spokeswoman for the Colorado Department of Corrections, Tell AP That the infected man was part of a crew of inmates who were working on a farm in Montrose County before a case of bird flu was confirmed there on April 19. Then the inmates were asked to help kill the birds and get them out.

A Montrose County farm has been reported to have an outbreak of 58,000 chickens Injured chicken breeder. Just earlier this week, Scientists said who – which A strain of highly pathogenic H5N1 avian influenza has become a global problem, as it can significantly hamper poultry production.