Avian Flu Raises Concerns as Marine Mammals Now Infected: Study Highlights Potential Risk to Humans

Avian Flu Raises Concerns as Marine Mammals Now Infected
Avian Flu Raises Concerns as Marine Mammals Now Infected

Avian flu has now become a concern for humans as the infection is now infecting the marine mammals. The potential risk to humans has been found by a latest study.

According to the recently conducted study, for now, the danger to human is low right now but with the increasing spread of avian flu among the mammals, potential risk of the infection is also increasing. After noticing the increasing trend, scientists and health experts have stated that close surveillance and research is required.

Latest detected case of avian influenza!

According to the reports, recently, elephant seals lost their lives on the coast of western Argentina. Reportedly the death has been reported due to H5N1, the virus responsible for avian influenza.

Researchers have mentioned that the disease has been circulating in birds for decades. A bird flu outbreak was reported in 2022 when approximately 58 million chickens in the United States were infected with the virus. The outbreak resulted in the highest egg prices across the nation.

According to the researchers, the infection has been spreading from infected birds to mammals, and now concerns have been raised about the spread of the infection from one mammal to another, according to the reports by CBS News.

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While addressing the same, the Wildlife Conservation Society’s Dr Chris Walzer mentioned, “I think it’s quite likely.” According to him, the experts and the authorities have been trying for better tracking of viruses in mammals, especially humans.

Walzer, while addressing the same mentioned, “This avian influenza outbreak has been one of the largest threats to wildlife globally. We just can’t wait for it to hit human populations. We need to be working upstream to look at what’s happening in these wildlife populations.”

He further elaborated that according to the recent reports, there are less chances of virus spread in humans but there are high chances that virus quickly changes.

“We need to be on it, to see if the virus acquiring new traits that could create a problem for us humans,” Walzer was quoted saying, as per CBS News.

Worldwide cases linked to avian flu!

Last year, approximately 18,000 seals died in Argentina and most of them were pups and it is noted that more than 95 percent of the seals born in 2023 did not survive in Argentina.

The concern was addressed by a scientist named Valeria Falabella, who stated, “Someone described it as apocalyptic. This kind of mortality is completely new for us.”

After noticing such cases of the infection, scientists have been appealing to carefully check the signs and symptoms linked to avian flu.

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