US reports first case of human H5 Bird flu in Colorado; Not so worrying says, officials

One of the Colorado residents in the US has been detected with the presence of  H5 bird flu, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has confirmed. The person tested positive for the avian influenza A(H5) virus and was involved in the culling of poultry presumed to have had H5N1 bird flu, the CDC said in a statement, the report came on April 29 in Reuters. 

The news of the US man came after the country China reported its first human case of H3N8 bird flu on April 26. According to a statement issued by the Colorado Department of Public Health, the infected person is largely asymptomatic and only a fatigue deflection in his body has been reported so far. 

The health department affirmed that the person turned positive due to direct exposure to infected poultry at a commercial farm in Montrose County. The person, who is an inmate at a state correctional facility in Delta County, was working with poultry as part of a pre-release employment program where participants have the opportunity to work for private employers and be paid a prevailing wage, according to the Colorado Department of Public Health.

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The man who is now in isolation has been treated with the flu antiviral oseltamivir, health officials added. “ At this moment as per our study, it is found that the risk of getting the infection spread and the chance of weakening body is very low,” Colorado health officials. “We want to reassure Coloradans that the risk to them is low,” said Dr Rachel Herlihy, state epidemiologist, Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, said in a statement.