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Bird flu, first demise by H5N2: Mexico denies WHO

The World Health Organization (WHO) makes clear the demise of bird flu in Mexico

Yesterday, the WHO made an announcement regarding the death of a 59-year-old diabetic patient with kidney problems in Mexico who had been constructively investigated for the H5N2 avian virus. Mexican Health Minister Jorge Alcocer discussed the problem at a press conference, where he defined that the affected person had actually died from various causes related to kidney and respiratory failure. The minister emphasized that there is no such thing as evidence of human transmission of the virus and that the affected person had no historical contact history that could clarify the origin of the virus.

The H5N2 virus was known to be present in one of many samples from affected individuals linked to bird flu, but the WHO clarified that the illness was not due to the disease. Christian Lindmeier, a spokesman for the WHO, acknowledged that the demise was multifactorial and never directly linked to the H5N2 virus. The global media highlighted this clarification following the preliminary investigations of the Mexican Ministry of Health.

The WHO continues to investigate the matter, but currently considers the risk to most people to be low. There are plans for the Mexican welfare authorities to work with WHO colleagues to clarify the state of affairs. It is vital that the general public stay informed and monitor any updates regarding the status of bird flu in Mexico.

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