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Bird flu spreads to humans on UK farm

Bird flu spreads to humans on UK farm

But there is no evidence of transmission between humans, says UK Health Security Agency

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Two poultry workers employed by the same farm in the UK have become infected with bird flu (H5) virus. Neither showed any symptoms and have since tested negative.

Investigations are under way and precautionary contract tracing is being carried out.

One worker is thought to have had contamination of the nose and/or throat from material inhaled on the infected farm. The infection of the second worker is still being investigated.

Professor Susan Hopkins, Chief Medical Advisor at UKHSA, said:

“Current evidence suggests that the avian influenza viruses we’re seeing circulating in birds around the world do not spread easily to people. However, we know already that the virus can spread to people following close contact with…

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