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FIRST INCIDENT OF HUMAN BEING INFECTED WITH AVIAN FLU CONFIRMED
By Rhonda Brooks, AgWeb.com

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced on Thursday that a person in Colorado has tested positive for avian influenza.

The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) said the man is mostly asymptomatic, reporting only fatigue. He is now isolating and taking the antiviral drug oseltamivir (Tamiflu) per CDC direction.

"This case occurred in a person who had direct exposure to poultry and was involved in the culling (depopulating) of poultry with presumptive H5N1 bird flu," the CDC reported in a press release.

This is the first human case in the U.S. associated with this specific group of H5 viruses that are currently predominant.

The last major outbreak of H5N1 in 2015 the was the worst animal disease outbreak recorded in U.S. history, according to the USDA. Officials are concerned 2022 outbreaks could surpass that year.

Risk Of Infection Is Low
The CDC said it is possible the detection of H5 bird flu in this "specimen is a result of surface contamination of the nasal membrane, that can't be determined at this point and the positive test result meets the criteria for an H5 case. The appropriate public health response at this time is to assume this is an infection and take actions to contain and treat."

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