Humans are concerned about the spread of H5N1 bird flu in mammals


Experts fear that we are on the verge of a disaster, with more than half of those infected dying. According to a British Medical Journal study, Since 2003, there have been 860 confirmed human cases of avian flu, and that has been fatal.

Expert’s Opinion

Dr. Quinton Fivelman of London Medical Lab is concerned that we are becoming “accustomed to outbreaks on poultry farms” and that the virus’s spread from birds to mammals is extremely concerning.

” The fact that it has now spread to mammals demonstrates that we cannot let our guard down against this virus,” said Dr. Fivelman. The greater the number of cases, the greater the likelihood of mutation. It’s concerning that there is currently no vaccine.”

In 1997, the first human cases were reported in Hong Kong and China. It comes after we reported that a girl had died from bird flu, confirming scientists’ worst fears after they predicted it could spread from mammals to humans just last month.

The 11-year-death old’s was reported in Cambodia on Thursday, February 23. The girl first became ill six days before her death, with a fever, cough, and sore throat. The girl from the Prey Veng province “tested positive for H5N1,” according to the country’s Communicable Disease Control Department.

Final Note

As a result, the World Health Organization has stated that “the recent spillover to mammals must be closely monitored.” The discovery comes just weeks after we reported that a deadly strain of avian bird flu had mutated and could now affect mammals.

Scientists discovered that the avian flu was spread from wild birds to a herd of mink on a farm in the Spanish city of La Coruna. According to the study, which was published on the top infectious disease surveillance website Euro Surveillance, the outbreak occurred in Spain in October 2022.

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