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US Confirms first human case of H5N1 bird flu

The first known human case of H5N1 bird flu in the United States has been detected in a person in Colorado, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

The person tested positive after being involved in the culling of poultry presumed to have had H5N1 bird flu, the CDC said in a statement. The infection comes amid a wider outbreak of the particular strain of bird flu in the US.

The agency said that the case was only the second human infection globally with the specific group of H5 viruses, with the first detected in the United Kingdom Aljazeera reports.

“This case does not change the human risk assessment for the general public, which CDC considers to be low,” the agency said.

The agency began monitoring people believed to be exposed to the virus in 2021. It has been detected in commercial and backyard birds in 29 states in the US and in wild birds in 34 states.

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