221 people in Wales are now being tested for the Bird-Flu!!!

The National Public Health Service for Wales (NPHS) has identified 221 people, who may have had contact with the avian flu!!!

36 persons in the household setting

14 persons in school

171 persons in the workplace setting (including patients and staff at two hospitals)

12 avian flu contacts have been identified who have or have had symptoms of a flu like illness or conjunctivitis.

Kury szczepi siê przeciw ptasiej grypie

Dr Marion Lyons, Lead Consultant in Communicable Disease Control for the National Public Health Service for Wales, said: “We believe the risk to the health of the general public is low. Avian flu is primarily a disease of birds. H7N2 is different to and very mild compared with H5N1.

“Of the people with conjunctivitis or a flu-like illness, some did not have close contact with infected poultry.

“Preliminary investigations indicate that we cannot exclude person to person spread having occurred in this outbreak. Person to person spread would be very unusual but limited spread of this type has been seen elsewhere in the past in some cases of bird flu. There is no laboratory confirmation. As a precautionary measure the NPHS is continuing to offer people who have had contact with individuals with this illness antiviral medication to minimise the risk of spread.

“Investigations also show that, when it spreads from person to person, the illness experienced becomes milder.

“Experience of this particular bird flu virus (H7N2) in humans is limited so we are actively managing the public health response.”

12 avian flu contacts have been identified who have or have had symptoms of a flu like illness or conjunctivitis

An information sheet prepared by the NPHS for people who may have been exposed to Avian Flu is available from the link: Information for people who may have been exposed to avian flu

The link to the official site for the NPHS is here: http://www.wales.nhs.uk/newsitem.cfm?contentid=6801

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