The risk of transmission from birds to humans is relatively low. Although no human cases of H5N8 have ever been reported, it is important to remain vigilant.
Most human cases caused by avian influenza viruses occurred after direct contact with infected poultry, including live poultry markets. In areas with reported outbreaks of avian influenza in birds, people at potential risk are those handling diseased birds and poultry or their environment.
Advice for the public in areas experiencing outbreaks in birds:
- Avoid contact with any birds or other animals that are sick or found dead and report them to the relevant authorities.
- Do not touch birds with bare hands.
- If handling poultry cook food thoroughly at sufficiently high temperatures and wash hands and utensils with soap and hot water.