by William White | November 14, 2013 9:41 am
A Taiwanese woman has become the first known case of a person being infected with the H6N1 bird flu.
The 20-year-old woman was admitted to a hospital for a lung infection in May. After being treated, the woman was sent home and one of her throat swabs was sent to the Center for Disease Control in Taiwan. The throat swab was found to contain the H6N1 bird flu. The infected woman worked at a local deli and was not around living animals, which has made it unknown how she contracted the virus. Some of the woman’s close family members had symptoms similar to those found in patients with bird flu, but none of them were infected, reports the Associated Press.
“As these viruses continue to evolve and accumulate changes, they increase the potential risk of human infection,” Dr. Ho-Sheng Wu, a worker at the Center for Disease Control in Taiwan, told Time.
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