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The case emerges as the extremely deadly H5N1 avian flu spreads across the United States, killing thousands of birds (according to NPR). Despite the fact that a couple of birds have died as a result of the flu strain, the vast majority are now being slaughtered to prevent the spread of the disease. People are at a modest danger from bird flu.

The first case of H5N1 in humans reported in Colorado 

As per the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, the individual, an inmate at a federal correctional facility in Delta County in western Colorado, came back positive for the H5N1 flu after coming in contact with ill birds at a field in bordering Montrose County.

As the man continues to receive treatment using influenza antiviral medicine oseltamivir, he is equally isolating himself. However, as per the CDC, the public health risk is low since the virus rarely infects humans or spreads among them.

According to the CDC, this is the second person case linked to this kind of H5 virus; the first originated in the UK in December 2021. The first sufferer, according to WHO, lived amid several H5N1-infected poultry. State health officials and the CDC announced that the risk of the virus to people is now low.

The current H5N1 strain has been spreading since  February across the US in turkey and chicken flocks. So far, the virus has been reported in 29 states in the backyard and commercial birds and in 34 states in wild birds.

Wild birds spread the H5N1 flu.

The H5N1 virus is by far the most frequent strain currently circulating. Wild birds spread the virus and release it in their feces, nasal secretions, and saliva making it extremely infectious. However, it is possible that it will infect farmed birds, causing large-scale outbreaks.

Highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) and Low pathogenic avian influenza (LPAI)  are the two forms of avian influenza viruses (HPAI). According to the CDC, the LPAI viruses cause little or no illness. HPAI viruses produce severe illness and high death in afflicted birds.