The National Tribune

WHO released five Disease Outbreak News releases on influenza cases between 2 April and 7 Jun 2024. Below are the details of each case, including the date, importance, source of infection (how it was contracted), and case profile (age, gender, health condition, and history).

  1. Avian Influenza A (H5N1) – Australia


    The WHO Collaborating Centre for Reference and Research on Influenza in Australia (WHO CC), notified the International Health Regulations National Focal Point of Australia (NFP) on 17 May 2024 of a suspected human A(H5N1) avian flu (HPAI) in Melbourne.


    The first human infection with the avian influenza A (H5N1) virus to be detected in Australia is a confirmed case.

    Source of exposure

    The source of the virus exposure in this case has not been determined, but it is likely that the exposure occurred in India where the patient had traveled and where this A(H5N1) virus clade has been detected in bird.

    Case Study

    This case involves a girl aged two and a quarter years old with no other underlying condition. She was known to have traveled to Kolkata, India from 12 to 28 February 2024. She returned to Australia in March 2024.

    The child was treated and admitted to a Victoria hospital on 2 March, 2024. The patient was admitted to an intensive care unit in Melbourne, Victoria on 4 March due to her worsening symptoms. She remained there for one week. After a two-and-a half week hospitalization, the patient was discharged. Clinically, the case has been reported as being well.

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