U.S. records first case of extremely infectious bird flu in human, health officials state


A highly infectious stress of avian flu that has actually most likely killed hundreds of birds and spread out across more than two lots states has actually been identified in a human for the first time in the U.S., authorities said Thursday.

The man was working on a commercial farm in Colorado and was involved in culling poultry presumed to be infected when he was directly exposed to the H5N1 flu, the state's health department stated in a release.

The man, referred to as younger than 40, has actually reported only one sign-- tiredness-- and was taking the antiviral drug Tamiflu, the department said.

A positive test administered today by the state health department, which said it has been keeping track of people exposed to poultry and wild birds, was validated Wednesday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the agency stated.

The state health department described the man as a jail inmate who was operating at a Montrose County farm as part of a pre-release employment program.The affected flock was euthanized, the department said.

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