the Avian influenza virus A/H5N1″ is They are of particular concern as they are known to be extremely dangerous to humansAlthough it has never been proven easy to transmit between people.” He stressed this at the press conference WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, referring to an outbreak of avian in cats in Poland. “The first – recalls the Directorate-General of the World Health Organization – where a large number of infected cats have been reported over a wide geographical area.”
“This outbreak is yet another example of the continuing spread and danger of the H5N1 virus, which has caused an increase in outbreaks in Central and South America since last year,” Tedros said. So far, this “extraordinary epidemic” reported by Poland has recorded 29 confirmed cases, the Director-General emphasized. He added, “The symptoms did not appear on any human contact so far, and the monitoring period for all contacts has ended,” noting that “The World Health Organization rates the risk of infection in humans as low for the general population and low to moderate for cat owners and veterinarians, without appropriate personal protective equipment.“.
At the moment “the source of exposure is unknown. Investigations are ongoing” and the UN health agency “continues to monitor the situation – confirmed Tedros – in close collaboration with partners and the Government of Poland”.
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