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WHO Reports First Fatal Case of H5N2 Bird Flu in Mexico

H5N2 Bird Flu

The World Health Organization (WHO) has confirmed the first fatal human case of the H5N2 variant of bird flu in Mexico. The incident, marking a concerning development, highlights the potential risks associated with avian influenza transmission to humans.

Here are some details according to the report of The Philippine Star.

Details of the Case

A 59-year-old individual from the State of Mexico succumbed to the virus on April 24, exhibiting symptoms such as fever, shortness of breath, diarrhea, and nausea. Despite having no known exposure to poultry or animals, the individual had underlying medical conditions, according to the WHO.

Mexican health authorities reported the case to the WHO on May 23, following laboratory tests confirming the presence of the H5N2 virus. This marks the first laboratory-confirmed human infection with the H5N2 variant globally.

While detecting cases of H5N2 in poultry in Mexico, authorities are yet to identify the source of exposure for the infected individual. The WHO acknowledges challenges in establishing a direct link between the human case and poultry infections, categorizing the risk to the general population as low.

Medical History and Containment Measures

The deceased individual had a history of chronic kidney disease, type 2 diabetes, and hypertension. Mexican health authorities assure the public that there is no risk of contagion, as all identified contacts of the patient tested negative. Surveillance measures have been intensified in the vicinity of the victim’s residence, and ongoing monitoring of wildlife is in place.

While this incident underscores the importance of vigilance against avian influenza, it also occurs amidst reports of H5N1 spreading among dairy cow herds in the United States. Authorities emphasize that transmission of H5N1 among humans occurs from cattle to people, not through human-to-human contact, despite reported cases.

The confirmation of the first fatal human case of H5N2 bird flu in Mexico serves as a sobering reminder of the persistent threat posed by avian influenza viruses. As investigations continue and containment measures are reinforced, global health agencies remain vigilant in monitoring and responding to emerging infectious diseases.

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