In Great Britain, the bird flu virus was detected in two people who work on a poultry farm, Anadolia reports.
In a statement from the Health Safety Agency (UKHSA), it is stated that two people working on a poultry farm tested positive for avian flu, but that there is no sign of human-to-human transmission of the virus.
The press release notes that employees who have fallen ill are being monitored as a precaution.
UKHSA Chief Medical Adviser Professor Susan Hopkins said current indications suggest that bird flu viruses in birds around the world do not spread easily to humans.
“However, we know that the virus can spread to humans after close contact with infected birds, and so through surveillance programs like this one, it’s possible to learn more about the risk of disease and that’s why we’re monitoring these people,” Hopkins said.
In January 2022, a case of bird flu transmission from poultry to humans was discovered in Great Britain.
In October 2022, a “Bird Flu Prevention Zone” was declared across the country to reduce the risk following an increase in the number of bird flu cases in wild birds.
In the country, tens of thousands of poultry were killed due to the bird flu Pandemic, which reached an extraordinary level in 2021.
Avian influenza is an infectious disease of birds caused by certain groups of viruses of the influenza virus group A. This is a disease that attacks the respiratory, digestive and nervous systems of birds.
The influenza virus is extremely variable and subject to constant genetic changes (mutations and gene exchange between groups) and appears in a large number of subtypes and strains, only a small number of which lead to pronounced disease in birds.
One such pathogenic strain, subtype H5N1, was first reported in 1997 in Hong Kong and has since spread to much of Asia and Eastern Europe.
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