One person dies in Mexico from a strain of bird flu that had not been confirmed in humans before

One person dies in Mexico from a strain of bird flu that had not been confirmed in humans before

WashingtonA man died in Mexico due to a strain of bird flu called H5N2 that had never before been found in a human beingsaid Wednesday the World Health Organization.

The WHO said it was unclear how the person became infected, although H5N2 has been recorded in poultry in Mexico.

There are numerous types of avian flu. H5N2 is not the same strain that has infected several herds of dairy cows in USA. That strain is called H5N1, and three farm workers have contracted mild infections.

Other strains of bird flu have killed people around the world in previous years, including 18 people in China during an H5N6 outbreak in 2021, according to a timeline of bird flu outbreaks from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. of the United States.

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