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Mexico denies death of patient due to AH5N2 bird flu

The Secretary of Health maintained that "so far there is no evidence of human-to-human transmission"

The Mexican Government denied this Thursday that a man had died from bird flu in the country, as stated on Wednesday by the World Health Organization (WHO), which it accused of issuing a "pretty bad" statement in which it reported the first human death in the world due to the AH5N2 virus, reported EFE.

At the presidential conference on June 6, the head of the Ministry of Health, Jorge Alcocer, denied that the cause of death of a 59-year-old man was due to AH5N2 avian flu. “The patient died from other causes, mainly kidney and respiratory failure, and this occurred in a matter of hours,” he mentioned.

The head of the Ministry of Health (SSa) stated that this Thursday there would be a meeting with the international organization “to clarify” the statement that announced the death of the man “as the first human case confirmed in a laboratory of influenza virus infection.” AH5N2 reported globally.”

“This is a note that must be taken with caution because it is not precise,” commented Alcocer.

The secretary maintained that “so far there is no evidence of human-to-human transmission,” and that the patient “has no history of family contact” or those in his close environment that explain the infection.

He also stated that the Epidemiology Directorate has evaluated “all these contacts.”

“Therefore, and I point out, there is no reason to avoid eating chicken or its derivatives or to be worried about this,” he said.

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