Bird flu: ‘Very rare’ case detected in person in southwest England

Bird flu: ‘Very rare’ case detected in person in southwest England

By Tom Batchelor
Independent

A “very rare” case of bird flu has been detected in a person living in southwest England, the UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) has announced.

The person became infected after “very close, regular contact with a large number of infected birds, which they kept in and around their home over a prolonged period of time”, UKHSA said.

All their contacts have been traced and there is no evidence of others have become infected. Officials said the individual was “currently well and self-isolating”, and the World Health Organisation has been notified.

Bird to human transmission of bird flu – also known as avian flu – is rare and has only occurred a small number of times in the UK, with the risk described as “low”. However, the public is being urged not to touch sick or dead birds. (Source: Independent)

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