Bird flu virus found in US Americans in North Colombia


Two US American citizens have been found to be carrying the H1N1 virus –otherwise known as bird flu – by health authorities in Magdalena State, Colombian radio station Caracol Radio reported on Friday.

A H1N1 test carried out on a child and his mother in the Magdalena State capital of Santa Marta produced positive results, according to Caracol’s sources. Despite this, the clinic reportedly broke protocol and did not alert any authorities on the case.

District and departmental health authorities have expressed their worries that the virus will spread.

The secretary of Magdalena State Health, Sandra Castañeda Lopez, stated that the resulting investigations aim to determine the place of origin and of entry into the country of the affected individuals.

The family left the city following the exams, with authorities aiming to gather the necessary information to give the public a prompt update on the situation.


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