USA detects first case of H5N1 bird flu in human patient

A patient originally from Colorado in the United States has been confirmed by authorities as the first human case of H5N1 bird flu in the United States. The contagion was announced by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) at a time when the resurgence of this disease has forced to apply quarantine and sacrifice thousands of birds around the world, because just a few days ago the H3N8 variant was detected in a 4-year-old child China.De according to what was reported by the authorities, the infected man presented symptoms such as fatigue and although he has presented a favorable evolution, the patient has been isolated and is under treatment with antivirals. Despite the result obtained, the authorities do not rule out that the result is decisive, since they pointed out that this could have been due to surface contamination.” It is possible that the detection of H5 avian influenza in this sample is the result of surface contamination, that cannot be determined at this time and the positive test result meets the criteria for an H5 case. The appropriate public health response at this time is to assume this is an infection and take steps to contain and treat it,” the CDC said in a statement. The CDC also reiterated that the disease is considered low for human risk because they pointed out that those who are most prone to an infection are people with greater exposure to birds, so they reconnected to take the necessary precautions. Read more: Elon Musk sells more than $4 billion in Tesla stock after buying TwitterThis is the first case of H5 virus to be recorded in the United States and the second internationally, after a case was reported in the United Kingdom in December 2021. SpaceX’s seventh manned mission successfully lifts off, taking four astronauts to the Space Station

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