First case of bird flu confirmed in humans in the US

An inmate in Colorado has tested positive for bird flu, in the first recent confirmed case of a person infected with the disease that has killed millions of chickens and turkeys, but federal officials in the United States say they don’t see a serious threat. for the public.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said the individual who tested positive had been in a work program helping remove chickens from an infected farm. The man, under 40, reported fatigue for a few days but has since recovered, state health officials and the CDC said in a statement.

The man was isolated and is being treated with an antiviral drug. Other people involved in the operation at the chicken farm in Colorado have tested negative but are undergoing further testing as a precaution.

Despite the infection, the CDC considers the threat to the general public to be low because spreading the virus to people requires direct contact with an infected bird.

Signs that could raise the health risk to the public include reports of multiple infections in people from exposure to birds, or the identification of person-to-person spread. The CDC is also monitoring the virus for genetic changes, which could indicate the virus is adapting to spread more easily from birds to humans or other mammals.

The current variant of the avian flu virus has been spreading among poultry and on commercial farms in the United States since late February. The virus has been detected on farms and farmyards in 29 states and in wild birds in 34 states. More than 35 million chickens and turkeys have been culled and removed to prevent spread, the Department of Agriculture reported.

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