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Spain has detected the first human infection with the H5N1 strain of bird flu. This is a worker at a poultry farm  in the province of Guadalajara, where there had been a focus of avian flu, according to a report.

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Sources from the Ministry of Health say that this worker has tested positive for bird flu, although they have stressed that he has been asymptomatic at all times and that, in addition, the rest of his colleagues on the farm have tested negative in the tests that have been carried out.

This would be the first case of avian influenza in humans in Spain and the second in Europe, after the  United Kingdom detected another case in December 2021.

The man is a worker at a poultry farm in Fontanar, in which the Ministry of Agriculture detected an outbreak of avian flu that forced the slaughter of the 601,000 laying hens on the farm.

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According to the Ministry of Agriculture, the most likely route of introduction of the virus on the farm has been through contact with wild birds, given that this year the circulation of the virus among these birds is being maintained during the summer despite the high temperatures.