Health officials in Britain said on Thursday that they had identified avian flu in one person. Britain is currently battling the biggest outbreak of bird flu virus spreading among birds. The UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) said bird-to-human transmission of avian flu is extremely rare and has rarely happened before in the UK.
The agency said that the person found infected in south-west England was “fine” and had self-isolated himself.
“The person who contracted the infection was regularly in contact with several infected birds, which he kept in or around his house,” the agency said in a statement.
“The people who came in contact with the person and all the people who came to his house have been traced. No evidence of further infection has been found in anyone else.”
The UKHSA said the risk to the wider public from avian flu was “very low”, but cautioned people not to touch sick and dead birds.
In the UK in 2021, about 5 lakh birds were killed. Environment Minister George Eustice said the country was battling the “largest ever” outbreak of avian flu.
Along with killing birds, the government implemented new rules in December. Under which bird keepers had to ensure that all birds stay indoors and strict bio-security measures are required to be followed to prevent the spread of the virus.