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An inmate of a Colorado state prison has become the first person in the U.S. to test positive for a strain of H5N1 bird flu that's currently spreading in birds around the world.

The man, a prisoner at a state correctional facility in Delta County in western Colorado, tested positive with H5N1 flu after handling infected poultry at a farm in nearby Montrose County, the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment announced on Thursday (April 28). The man is isolating while being treated with the influenza antiviral drug oseltamivir. The risk posed to the public is low given that this virus does not usually infect humans or spread between people, according to the department. 

H5N1 is a highly pathogenic strain of avian influenza (HPAI), or bird flu, which infects both poultry, such as chickens and turkeys, as well as free-flying waterfowl such as ducks, geese and shorebirds. Since its first detection in wild bird populations in North Carolina and South Carolina in January and a later detection in a flock of Indiana turkeys in February, the disease has spread to an estimated 35 million domestic birds in 29 states, causing farmers to cull more than 24 million birds in a desperate attempt to stop the spread, according to US Department of Agriculture (USDA) estimates.


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