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Avian Flu scare-mongering continues. Poland reports "sick or dead" cats and dogs. No human cases.
I imagine it is no coincidence that they fail to state how many dead animals there are--if any.
July 9, 2023 • 4:16 pm CDT
by Gisela Merkuur
(Vax Before Travel)
While official updates on H5N1-infected cats in Poland have increased over the past week, Polish authorities provided the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) with an update, confirming that a total of 24 sick or dead cats were positive for influenza A(H5N1) virus (bird flu).
According to ECDC's testing guidance on avian influenza viruses in humans, any person exposed to sick/dead cats confirmed with A(H5N1) infection who develops symptoms should be tested as soon as possible for A(H5N1).
And persons exposed to sick/dead cats confirmed with A(H5N1) infection are advised to monitor their symptoms for 10–14 days after the last exposure and self-isolate if they develop symptoms.
They are also advised to wear a surgical mask or FFP2 respirator when in contact with others, seek medical advice and report it to public health authorities immediately.
And recently, the Italian Ministry of Health announced on July 6, 2023, that several dogs (and one cat) on a farm in Brescia, Italy, recently hit by avian influenza (bird flu), have seroconverted. [Which means they have developed antibodies but are presumably asymptomatic.]
And the Italian Union of Public Medicine Veterinarians confirmed this HPAI H5N1 belonging to clade 184.108.40.206 b, and in particular to the H5N1-A/Herring_gull/France/22P015977/2022-like genotype, responsible for the cases reported in northern Italy in gulls. [HPAI stands for high pathogenicity avian influenza—but it is now general of low pathogenicity but the scaremongers love to use this terminology]
This virus also has a mutation considered a marker of adaptation of mammalian viruses (T271A in the PB2 protein) with a possible increase in its zoonotic potential. [Sounds like this could be sufficient to declare a potential pandemic and turn healthcare over to Uncle Tedros.]
This mutation sparked considerable concern earlier this year when it was detected in infected mink in the fall of 2002, (sic) wrote the Avian Flu Diary.
The ECDC stated that considering the information and genomic data available until now and the fact that no human cases related to this event have been reported so far, ECDC assesses the current risk to the general public as low.
However, the risk is considered moderate for persons exposed to sick and/or dead cats confirmed with A(H5N1) infection, particularly if they belong to a vulnerable population group (immunocompromised people).
Considering the existing uncertainties, this assessment is preliminary and will be reviewed as soon as more information becomes available, says the ECDC.