First Human Died With Bird Flu H5N2 In Mexico: WHO

First Human Died With Bird Flu H5N2 In Mexico: WHO

First Human Died With Bird Flu H5N2 In Mexico: WHO

A person with prior health complications who had contracted bird flu died in Mexico in April and the source of exposure to the virus was unknown, the World Health Organization said on Wednesday. This is the first human death in the world due to such kind of bird flu. The person was already suffering from various physical complications. Though earlier World Health Organization said that the risk of contracting this virus in the general public is very low, Aljazeera reported on Thursday (June 6).

The 59-year-old resident of the State of Mexico had been hospitalized in Mexico City and died on April 24 after developing a fever, shortness of breath, diarrhea, nausea and general discomfort, WHO said.

"Although the source of exposure to the virus in this case is currently unknown, A(H5N2) viruses have been reported in poultry in Mexico," WHO said in a statement.

It was the first laboratory-confirmed human case of infection with an influenza A(H5N2) virus globally and the first avian H5 virus reported in a person in Mexico, according to the WHO.

Scientists said the case is unrelated to the outbreak of H5N1 bird flu in the United States that has so far infected three dairy farm workers.

Mexico's Health Ministry also said in a statement the source of infection had not been identified.

The victim had no history of exposure to poultry or other animals but had multiple underlying medical conditions and had been bedridden for three weeks, for other reasons, prior to the onset of acute symptoms, the WHO said.

Mexico's health ministry said the person had chronic kidney disease and type 2 diabetes.

"That immediately puts a person at risk of more severe influenza, even with seasonal flu," said Andrew Pekosz, an influenza expert at Johns Hopkins University.

But how this individual got infected "is a big question mark that at least this initial report doesn't really address thoroughly."

In March, Mexico's government reported an outbreak of A(H5N2) in an isolated family unit in the country's western Michoacan state. The government said the cases did not represent a risk to distant commercial farms, nor to human health._Reuters 

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