US Records First Case of Highly Contagious Bird Flu in Colorado Prisoner

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The H5N1 avian flu is not a great risk to humans, according to health authorities.

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A highly contagious strain of bird flu which has probably killed hundreds of birds and spread to more than two dozen states has been detected in a human for the first time in the United States, authorities said Thursday.

The man worked on a commercial farm in Colorado. and participated in the slaughter of birds suspected of being infected, so you were directly exposed to the H5N1 fluthe state health department said in a statement.

The man, described as under 40, reported only one symptom, fatigue, and was taking the antiviral drug Tamiflu, the department said.

A positive test administered this week by the state health department, which said it has been monitoring people exposed to poultry and wild birds, was confirmed Wednesday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the agency said.

The state health department described the man as an inmate who worked on a Montrose County farm as part of a pre-release employment program.

The affected herd was euthanized, the department said.

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