Chile detects bird flu in 53-year-old man with severe influenza symptoms – National


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Chile detected the primary case of bird flu in a human, the nation’s well being ministry reported on Wednesday.

The case was detected in a 53-year-old man who introduced severe influenza symptoms, in line with an announcement issued by the ministry, however they famous the affected person was in steady situation.

The authorities can also be investigating the supply of contagion in addition to others who had been in contact with the affected person.

Chile has reported instances of the H5N1 bird flu since late final yr in wild animals.

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Chilean well being authorities famous the virus might be transmitted from birds or marine mammals to people, however there isn’t a recognized human-to-human transmission.

Earlier this yr, Ecuador confirmed its first case of human transmission of bid flu in a 9-yr-previous woman. Global well being officers have stated threat of transmission between people is low, however vaccine makers have been getting ready bird flu photographs for people “simply in case.”