The first Briton contracted the deadly bird flu — Action News Now

It is officially confirmed that someone has been infected with avian influenza, which is believed to be a potentially fatal variant of H5N1. This is the first human case of this strain in the UK, with a mortality rate of approximately 60%.


On Thursday, Professor Isabel Oliver, Chief Science Officer of the UK Health Security Agency, told the BBC that a case of avian flu had been found in a person in southwest England.

“Although the general public’s risk of contracting avian flu is very low, we know that certain strains are indeed likely to spread to humans, which is why we have a strong system to detect these viruses early and take action,” Oliver said.


The person in charge of health and safety said that officials have followed up with the person’s contacts and found no evidence that the virus has spread to other people.

“There is currently no evidence that the strain found in the UK can spread from person to person, but we know that the virus has been evolving, and we will continue to monitor the situation closely.She pointed out.


Officials from the UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) stated that people infected with the virus have been “Maintain very close and regular contact with a large number of infected birds, and they keep them at home and around for a long time.”

It is unclear whether the individual was infected with a specific H5N1 variant, which has caused multiple outbreaks in bird populations in recent months. According to the BBC, 1 million birds were culled in Lincolnshire alone last month to slow the outbreak.

H5N1 causes highly contagious severe respiratory diseases in birds. It rarely infects humans, but once infected, the mortality rate is about 60%.


The World Health Organization has learned of the British case.

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