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The United States has reported its first human case of H5 avian flu

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said on Thursday that the first confirmed human case of H5 avian flu in the United States had occurred in a person in Colorado.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the individual tested positive for the avian influenza A(H5) virus and had been engaged in the culling of poultry suspected of having H5N1 bird flu, according to a statement.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the patient’s sole symptom was weariness for a few days, but he or she has since recovered. The patient was isolated and treated with the influenza antiviral medicine oseltamivir, according to the CDC.

Since the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention began monitoring for disease among individuals exposed to H5N1 viruses in late 2021, H5N1 viruses have been discovered in commercial and domestic birds in 29 states and in wild birds in 34 states.

“The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has followed the health of more than 2,500 humans who have been exposed to H5N1 virus-infected birds, and this is the only instance that has been discovered so far. Other persons participating in the culling operation in Colorado have tested negative for H5 virus infection, but they are being retested out of an abundance of caution.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), this is the second human case related with this particular type of H5 viruses, which are now prominent in the world. The first instance was recorded in the United Kingdom in December 2021.

Jonathan James
I serve as a Senior Executive Journalist of The National Era
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