UN agriculture agency rules out human-to-animal transmission of bird flu

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Bird flu

There is no evidence that people infected with the A (H7N9) strain of bird flu can transmit the virus to animals, including birds, according to the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).

The agency issued a statement on Wednesday after the first human case of the virus outside China was recently detected in Malaysia.

FAO said the patient, who is thought to have been infected in China was visiting Malaysia as a tourist and is now hospitalized there.

It noted that Guangdong Province, where the patient is from, is one of the Chinese provinces most affected by the A (H7N9).

FAO Chief Veterinary Officer Juan Lubroth said the case did not come as a surprise and should not be a cause for increased concern. But he said the world should remain vigilant."

He added that people that become ill with A (H7N9) flu are not a threat to poultry populations.

Lubroth said that the highest risk of virus introduction is uncontrolled live poultry trade between affected and unaffected areas.

Derrick Mbatha, United Nations.

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