WHO Awaits Genetic Results After First Human H5N2 Bird Flu Death : ScienceAlert | Science

The WHO said Thursday it was awaiting the full genetic sequence data after a man died of bird flu in Mexico in the first confirmed human infection with the H5N2 strain.

No further infections linked to the case have been detected thus far, said Aspen Hammond, a technical officer at the UN health agency’s global influenza program.

“The characterization of this virus is still under way and genetic sequence data should be available soon,” Hammond told a webinar.

“H5N2 viruses have been detected for a long time in birds.”

The 59-year-old, who died after developing fever, shortness of breath, diarrhea and nausea, had “no history of exposure to poultry or other animals” and “multiple underlying medical conditions”, the WHO said in a statement.

The resident of the State of Mexico, on the edge of the capital, was hospitalized on April 24 in Mexico City and died the same day, the statement said.

It was the “first laboratory-confirmed human case of infection with an influenza A(H5N2) virus…

Source www.sciencealert.com

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