Fri. Dec 8th, 2023

The World Health Organization (WHO) has confirmed a second case of bird flu in Spain. This new contagion would be the second after the outbreak registered on a farm in Guadalajara last September. According to the WHO, the two infections have occurred in young men, they have not presented symptoms and “no evidence of human-to-human transmission has been identified.” On September 20, the Ministry of Health informed the authorities of the outbreak on the poultry farm. were made test to the 12 agricultural workers, confirming the first case in a 19-year-old. At that time, the other workers tested negative, but on October 13 they were given another test. As detailed by the WHO, “Influenza A virus was detected in a nasopharyngeal sample from another workera 27-year-old man who was participating in control measures, including cleaning and disinfection with personal protective equipment.
The two infected have passed the disease asymptomatically. The samples have been analyzed by RT-CPR at the National Center for Microbiology.

Cases detected in Europe

According to the WHO, since 2003, a total of 868 infections of influenza A in humans have been detected worldwide, including the two cases in Spain, and 456 deaths. To date, in Europe there have been reports a total of three cases of this infection in humanstwo in Spain and one in the United Kingdom, in 2021. The positive cases that have been detected have been the result of a direct or indirect exposure to infected poultry. Transmission of this disease in humans is very rare.

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