Australia Reports First Human Bird Flu Case, May Have Been 'Infected In India'

The first confirmed case of H5N1 avian flu in Australia is a child. The toddler came into contact with bird flu. Victorian health officials said the person contracted an infection while in India and became unwell in March of this year.
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Bird flu or avian influenza is a viral infection that can infect birds, humans, and other animals. (Representative image)

Sydney: Australia reported its first confirmed case of Avian Flu or H5N1 virus, just hours after the Avian Flu was discovered on a Victorian farm.
Australia said the child may have been "infected by the virus in India" but has now since fully recovered. State health officials said the child acquired the avian influenza A (H5N1) infection while in India, and was unwell in March this year.
Victorian Health released a statement saying, ”Contact tracing has not identifiedany additional cases of avian influenza connected to this case.”
Officials clarified that as part of Victoria's enhanced monitoring system, which is intended to identify new or worrying flu virus strains, the avian influenza virus was discovered through extra testing of positive influenza samples.
The majority of people are not at risk from the virus, according to health officials, unless they come into touch with sick animals, birds, or their secretions in impacted areas.
"As part of Victoria's enhanced surveillance system, the avian influenza virus was discovered through additional testing of positive influenza samples that takes place to detect novel or concerning flu virus strains," officials stated.
The Department of Health stated that while there are numerous forms of avian influenza, "most of them don't infect humans".
"Some subtypes, including H5N1, are more likely to cause disease and death in poultry," according to a spokeswoman.
This strain is currently on the rise in several parts of the world, including dairy cows in the United States.
Recently, a single American dairy worker tested positive for the virus.
WHAT IS THE H5N1 VIRUS?
Avian influenza (sometimes known as "bird flu") is a highly contagious respiratory illness that affects birds. H5N1 is one of several influenza viruses that cause this disease. There are records of infections in mammals, including humans.
Humans can contract a variety of illnesses from mild to severe, and in rare circumstances, an H5N1 influenza virus infection can even be lethal. Conjunctivitis and other non-respiratory symptoms have also been observed, although respiratory symptoms have been the most common. A(H5N1) virus has also been found in a small number of people who did not exhibit any symptoms but were exposed to contaminated animals or their surroundings. (Souce : WHO)
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