Avian flu case transmitted to humans in Spain

An employee of a Spanish poultry farm contracted bird flu in late September, in a rare case of transmission to humans, and remained asymptomatic until he tested negative, with no other known infections, said on Monday October 3 the Ministry of Health. “On September 27, 2022, the National Center for Microbiology confirmed a case of avian influenza A(H5N1) in an asymptomatic male who previously tested negative”the ministry said in a statement.

The infected person is an employee of a poultry farm in Guadalajara (center) where cases of the disease were detected among poultry on September 17. He was placed in solitary confinement at his home until he tested negative on September 28. His only close contact was negative, according to the ministry statement, which points out that “bird-to-human transmission is considered a rare phenomenon and human-to-human transmission is extremely infrequent”.

In Spain, “79 outbreaks were detected in wild birds and 36 in poultry farms”according to figures from the Ministry of Health.

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