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Bird flu: US confirms first case with respiratory symptoms

BMJ 2024; 385 doi: (Published 31 May 2024) Cite this as: BMJ 2024;385:q1203
  1. Mun-Keat Looi
  1. The BMJ

The US has recorded the first person with H5N1 flu to have respiratory symptoms, in what is thought to be the third human case in an ongoing outbreak among dairy farms. All previous confirmed cases of the infection in people had symptoms of conjunctivitis but no respiratory problems.

“The patient reported upper respiratory tract symptoms, including cough without fever, and eye discomfort with watery discharge,” said the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).1 “The patient was given antiviral treatment with oseltamivir, is isolating at home, and their symptoms are resolving.”

The CDC added that household contacts of the patient have not developed symptoms but are being monitored …

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