Britain gets hit by BIRD FLU: case found in person in South West

Now Britain gets hit by BIRD FLU: Health chiefs detect strain in person in South West England

A case of avian influenza in a person has found in the South West of England, health officials have said.  

The UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) said the person involved acquired the infection from close and regular contact with a large number of infected birds, which they kept in and around their home.

The infected person is reportedly well and is currently self-isolating. 

UKHSA said all close personal contacts of the individual, including persons who  visited the premises, have been traced and there is ‘no evidence’ of the infection having spread to anyone else. 

Bird to human transmission of avian flu is very rare but has occurred a small number of times in the UK previously. 

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