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UK health agency examining bird flu ‘knowledge gaps’

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Rate of virus in birds raises fears of increased transmission to humans

The UK Health Security Agency has said it is working to identify bird flu ‘knowledge gaps’, amid fears that the virus might jump more frequently from birds to humans.

In a 23 February update, the agency said there is an increased chance of people encountering the virus due to the high levels in birds and that it is working with partners—including the Animal and Plant Health Agency—to identify ‘knowledge gaps’ around avian influenza, such as whether lateral flow devices could be deployed to test for the bird flu in humans.

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