Bird flu has been detected in two poultry workers after they came into contact with infected birds, the UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) has said.

The two workers have recently worked on an infected poultry farm in England.

Neither have experienced any symptoms of bird flu and have tested negative since.

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Two people in UK diagnosed with bird flu

The avian flu was detected in the workers after they took tests for asymptomatic people who had been in contact with infected birds.

Bird flu detected in humans can either be a true infection or can come after the nose and throat are contaminated when breathing in materials on the affected farm.

Based on the timing of exposures and test results, one of the workers infected is likely to have had contamination after inhaling materials on the farm.

It is unclear in the second person's case if he was also contaminated after inhalation or whether he was truly infected.

Further investigation is under way but precautionary contact tracing has been undertaken for the second individual.

The UKHSA said it has not detected evidence of human-to-human transmission.

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Signs near Eccles in Norfolk, as all of Norfolk and Suffolk, and parts of Essex, became the latest areas to be placed in an Avian Influenza Prevention Zone (AIPZ). Picture date: Tuesday October 4, 2022.
Signs in an Avian Influenza Prevention Zone (AIPZ) last year

The level of risk to human health has not changed since the detection of bird flu and the danger remains very low to the general population.

Professor Susan Hopkins, chief medical adviser at UKHSA, said: "Current evidence suggests that the avian influenza viruses we're seeing circulating in birds around the world do not spread easily to people.

"However, we know already that the virus can spread to people following close contact with infected birds and this is why, through screening programmes like this one, we are monitoring people who have been exposed to learn more about this risk."

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Professor Hopkins added: "Globally there is no evidence of spread of this strain from person to person, but we know that viruses evolve all the time and we remain vigilant for any evidence of changing risk to the population.

"It remains critical that people avoid touching sick or dead birds, and that they follow the DEFRA advice about reporting."

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