MORE SCAMDEMIC FEAR: EU officials warn of the dangers of BIRD FLU, lament the “lack of immune defenses” against it
04/10/2024 // Olivia Cook // Views

Officials in the European Union have issued a warning about the potential human impact of avian influenza, commonly known as bird flu, as the disease continues to spread among wild birds in the continent.

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) made this warning public on April 3, highlighting observations of zoonotic transmission between birds and mammals. Such transmissions have been observed in fur animal farms where outbreaks have been reported. While it's rare for infected birds to transmit the virus to humans, EFSA cautioned that new strains could pose a risk in the future.

These viruses are continually evolving globally and with the migration of wild birds, new strains carrying potential mutations for mammalian adaptation could emerge. If avian A (H5N1) influenza viruses were to acquire the ability to spread efficiently among humans, it could lead to large-scale transmission due to the lack of immune defenses against H5 viruses in humans. (Related: H5N1 avian strain expected to be next viral pandemic.)

To prevent the risk of a bird flu pandemic, the EFSA recommended several key actions. These include enhancing surveillance targeting both humans and animals, ensuring access to rapid diagnostics, fostering collaboration between the animal and human sectors and implementing preventive measures, such as vaccination.

Effective communication with different stakeholders is emphasized, along with strengthening veterinary infrastructure, enforcing biosecurity measures at farms and minimizing wildlife contact with domestic animals.

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The agency also stressed the importance of careful planning in poultry and fur animal farming, especially in areas with significant populations of waterfowl.

Risk of bird flu infection in humans remains low

According to Erica Susky, a Toronto-based medical microbiologist certified in infection control, the risk of human-to-human transmission of bird flu is generally low. Cases in humans typically occur in individuals who have direct contact with birds, such as during slaughter or preparation. While bird flu has a high fatality rate in humans, it rarely occurs.

Susky highlighted the primary concern surrounding the influenza virus's ability to mutate and adapt. With increased contact between bird populations and humans, the likelihood of a novel strain adapting to spread in humans increases. Industrial agriculture and urban settings are potential hot spots for the spread of influenza viruses between human and bird populations.

To mitigate the spread of bird flu and other infectious diseases, Susky recommended practicing proper infection prevention techniques, including regular hand hygiene and receiving the annual influenza vaccine. Avoiding contact with birds and wild animals whenever possible is also advised.

In conclusion, while the risk of a bird flu pandemic remains relatively low, continued vigilance and proactive measures are essential to prevent future outbreaks and protect public health.

Meanwhile, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced on April 1 that a person in Texas tested positive for H5N1 bird flu. The individual had been exposed to dairy cattle in Texas and presumed to be infected with HPAI A(H5N1) viruses.

While the patient experienced eye redness as their only symptom and is recovering, the CDC reassured that the overall human health risk assessment for H5N1 bird flu in the U.S. remains low.

However, individuals with close or prolonged exposure to infected birds or animals are at greater risk of infection. The CDC is closely monitoring workers who may have been in contact with infected birds or animals and is testing those who develop symptoms. Symptoms in humans can vary from mild, such as eye infections or upper respiratory symptoms, to severe illnesses like pneumonia.

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