In a chilling case, bird flu infects a British worker, prompting the Health Agency to issue a statement.
In the South West of England, a worker has been infected with BIRD FLU.
This afternoon, the UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) confirmed a human case of avian influenza.
The person had been in close contact with infected birds, according to the UKHSA, but there was no evidence of onward transmission.
Bird flu is transmitted from one bird to another through direct contact or contaminated body fluids and feces.
It can, however, affect humans in rare instances.
“The person contracted the infection from very close, regular contact with a large number of infected birds, which they kept in and around their home for a long time,” according to the UKHSA.
“All of the individual’s contacts have been tracked down, including those who came to the premises, and there is no evidence of the infection spreading to others.”
“At this time, the individual is healthy and self-isolating.
Avian influenza continues to pose a low risk to the general public.”
The UKHSA stated that the risk of bird flu to the general public remains low, but that people should avoid touching sick or dead birds.
It comes after an estimated one million birds were culled in Lincolnshire to prevent the spread of bird flu.
A wave of bird flu has swept through Europe and Asia.
Because of the large number of variants, the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) believes it is more likely to spread to humans.
After previous outbreaks resulted in the culling of tens of millions of birds and trade restrictions, the spread of highly pathogenic avian influenza, also known as bird flu, has caused concern among governments and the poultry industry.
“This time the situation is more difficult and risky because we are seeing more variants emerge, making them harder to follow,” OIE Director General Monique Eloit said.
“The risk is that it mutates or combines with a human flu virus that can be transmitted between humans, at which point it takes on a whole new dimension.”
Between October and the end of December, fifteen countries reported outbreaks of bird flu in poultry, mostly the H5N1 strain.
According to OIE data, Italy was the worst hit in Europe, with 285 outbreaks and nearly four million birds culled.
Outbreaks are most common in the autumn, when the disease is spread by migrating wild animals.
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