U.S. – Highly pathogenic strain of Influenza H5N1 found in wild birds
The U.S. department of agriculture on Tuesday reported two more cases of highly pathogenic avian influenza in wild birds, days after it detected the first case of a Eurasian H5 type of the virus since 2016. Two cases of Eurasian H5 avian influenza have been detected in Colleton County of South Carolina while one case has been reported from Hyde County in North Carolina.
That strain has caused a wave of outbreaks of bird flu in poultry across Europe and Asia.
Wild birds can transmit avian flu to each other or to poultry through direct contact and through their feathers or feces. “These findings are not unexpected, as wild birds can be infected with HPAI and show no signs of illness,” the USDA said. “They can carry the disease to new areas when migrating.”
The highly pathogenic H5N1 bird flu virus on a farm in the province of Segovia, north of Madrid. The virus killed killed more than 900 fattening turkeys since last Friday at the Fuenterrebollo farm. The farm has 18,900 total birds.
Also, five human cases of H5N6 strain of avid influenza have been reported in China in the recent weeks. Out of them two patients have died. Four cases have had confirmed exposure to poultry.