A poultry worker has contracted the H7 strain of bird flu in the form of conjunctivitis, the Health Protection Agency confirmed last night. The affected person is thought to have contracted the infection via close contact on a Norfolk farm.
An HPA spokeswoman said the worker's symptoms were limited to an eye infection. She would not release any further details about the age of the sufferer.
The worker reported his illness on Thursday. A sample was sent to a local laboratory, where the H7 virus was confirmed. He did not need hospital treatment, and, along with colleagues, was offered anti-viral drugs as a precautionary measure. He was also offered a flu vaccine to prevent the H7 flu mixing with any human viruses.