Another two Brits have tested positive with bird flu, health chiefs confirmed today.Swabs showed that two poultry workers in England had the H5N1 stra
Another two Brits have tested positive with bird flu, health chiefs confirmed today.
Swabs showed that two poultry workers in England had the H5N1 strain, UK Health Security Agency officials told MailOnline.
No details of their identify — including age, sex and location — have been shared.
Until now, there has only been three cases of Brits becoming infected with H5N1 since the ongoing outbreak took off in October 2021.
Globally, fewer than 900 human cases of H5N1, which kills close to 50 per cent of those it strikes, have ever been recorded.
The virus is usually picked up through close contact with an infected bird, whether dead or alive.
Alan Gosling, a retired engineer in Devon who kept ducks at home, caught the virus in early 2022 after his ducks became infected.
He later tested negative while he was in quarantine for nearly three weeks.
Two British poultry workers tested positive for bird flu in May, making them only the second and third human cases ever recorded in the UK.
County Durham, Northumberland and Argyll and Bute are among the worst-hit areas, MailOnline analysis of Government data has revealed
The new cases come after Alan Gosling (pictured), a retired engineer in Devon, caught the virus after his ducks, some of which lived inside his home, became infected in 2022
A National Trust ranger clears dead birds from Staple Island, Northumberland, in July
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