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WHO concerned about case of avian flu in humans in the US

Geneva, April 3 (Prensa Latina) The case of H5N1 avian flu detected in a person in the United States was described today as “worrying” by the World Health Organization (WHO), as it is very dangerous for humans.

The Center for Disease Control confirmed a case in a person who works on a dairy farm in Texas.

According to experts, the patient did not report any symptoms other than red eyes, he was not hospitalized and is recovering.

It is the first known case in the world of a person contracting this version of bird flu from a mammal, according to federal health authorities.

Dairy cows in Texas and Kansas were reported to have contracted bird flu last week, and federal agriculture officials later confirmed the infection in a Michigan dairy herd that had recently received cattle from Texas, the largest beef-producing state of the country.

WHO Director General Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said they are in contact with health authorities and the investigation into how the person became infected continues.

“Any case of H5N1 is worrying because it is very dangerous for humans, although it has never been shown to be easily transmissible between people,” he stated.

The virus, which has been transmitted since 2023, has adapted to mammals, but is not spread between people, according to specialists.