Cambodia Investigates After Father And Daughter Infected With Bird Flu

  • An outbreak of bird flu first observed in 2021 has been circulating around the world, including in the United States, where nearly 58.5 million birds from commercial and backyard flocks have been wiped out since last February, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
  • The risk of avian flu to humans is still thought to be low, but the global spread of H5N1 into wild bird species and even mammals, such as bears, raccoons, minks, foxes and sea lions, has increased concerns that it could mutate into a version that passes easily between people.
  • The WHO has said that some avian influenza viruses “have the potential to mutate to increase transmissibility among humans.”