Bird flu spreading to humans says WHO and it’s a serious concern

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H5N1 bird flu has been associated with a “remarkably high” mortality rate in humans, and so the World Health Organization has expressed some worries about its growing around the world.

A 2020 outbreak of millions of deaths or killings of birds. Most recently, the WHO said that the spread of the virus within some mammal species, including in domestic cattle in the US, has made the spillover risk to humans higher.

The list of species affected last month included cows and goats – an unexpected event to the experts because of the fact that they were not considered to be susceptible to this virus. This month US authorities announced that a person in Texas was convalescing from bird flu triggered off by an exposure to dairy cattle, with 16 herds in six states infected seemingly after contact with wild birds.

Currently, no information supports the fact that H5N1 spreads amongst humans. The mortality rate in humans that have been infected through contact with animals over the last 20 years is “extraordinarily high”, Farrar said, since human beings have no natural immunity to the virus.

Worldwide from 23 countries, 2003 to 2024, there have been reported 889 cases and 463 deaths in relation to H5N1 according to the WHO, with a case fatality rate of 52%.

The recent US case of human infection after exposure to an infected mammal serves as a clear example of the raised danger.

Initiatives were being made to create vaccines and therapeutics for H5N1, and the fact that regional and national health authorities in countries needed to be capable of diagnosing the virus has been emphasized.

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