Chile's Ministry of Health on Wednesday confirmed the country's first human case of bird flu H5N1, APA reports citing Reuters.
According to the ministry, the disease was diagnosed in a 53-year-old man. His condition is assessed as serious, but stable.
The publication notes that authorities are now investigating how and where the man could have contracted the virus and other possible infected individuals as well. The media also report a clarification from the Chilean health authorities that a person can contract the virus from birds or marine mammals, but there has been no documented cases of human-to-human infections so far.