Australia Has Reported Its First Human Case Of H5N1 Bird Flu


Australia reported its first human case of avian influenza on Wednesday in a child‼️

According to Reuters, The H5N1 strain of avian flu has swept the globe in recent years, killing billions of farmed and wild birds and spreading to tens of mammal species.

Health authorities in Australia’s southeastern state of Victoria said contact tracing had not identified any further cases and there was a very low chance of others becoming infected as the flu does not easily spread between people.

“This is the first confirmed human case of highly pathogenic avian influenza in Australia,” Dr Claire Looker, the state’s chief health officer, said in a statement.

It was the first instance of detection of the H5N1 strain in a person or animal in the country, she added.

“The child experienced a severe infection but is no longer unwell and has made a full recovery.”

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