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Bird flu: First person with confirmed H5N2 infection dies

BMJ 2024; 385 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.q1260 (Published 07 June 2024) Cite this as: BMJ 2024;385:q1260
  1. Elisabeth Mahase
  1. The BMJ

The first ever confirmed human case of influenza A(H5N2) has been reported in a person who has since died in Mexico City, the World Health Organization has said.1

It is not yet known how the person was exposed to the virus, but A(H5N2) viruses have been reported in poultry in Mexico. The person, who had multiple underlying medical conditions, was said to have been bedridden for three weeks for other reasons before showing symptoms of the virus.

The patient initially developed fever, shortness of breath, diarrhoea, nausea, and …

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