New strain bird flu caused human death

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The World Health Organization has reported a death from a new strain of bird flu.

A 59-year-old resident of Mexico died on April 24 after developing fever, shortness of breath, diarrhea, nausea and general malaise. The sun reports.

A WHO spokesman said: “This is the first laboratory-confirmed case of influenza A(H5N2) virus infection in a human in the world and the first human infection with A(H5) virus reported in Mexico.”

“The case had multiple underlying medical conditions and Mexican health authorities are currently investigating the likely source of the virus infection.”

According to the WHO, the victim had no previous contact with poultry or other animals.

Cases of avian influenza subtype A(H5N2) have been reported in poultry in Mexico.

The person had been bedridden for three weeks for other reasons before the onset of acute symptoms, the WHO said.

This article originally appeared in The Sun and has been republished with permission

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