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CLOWNSHOW: Mexican Health Secretary Accuses WHO of Misinformation Over Alleged New Bird Flu Strain That Killed 59-Year-Old Man

Mexican Health Secretary Jorge Alcocer has refuted claims made by the World Health Organization (WHO) regarding the cause of death of a 59-year-old man in Mexico. The WHO had earlier announced that the man had succumbed to a new strain of bird flu that had not previously been found in humans.

During a morning briefing on Thursday, Alcocer vehemently denied the WHO’s announcement and clarified that the man died due to complications from kidney and respiratory failure, not from avian influenza, according to AA.

“I can point out that the statement made by the World Health Organization is pretty bad, since it speaks of a fatal case (of bird flu), which was not the case,” Alcocer said firmly.

The health secretary further suggested that the WHO failed to recognize that the patient’s death resulted from complications associated with longstanding health problems such as diabetes and renal failure. Investigations conducted found no evidence of contagion among people who had been in contact with the patient.

“So far, there is no evidence of human-to-human transmission,” he added.

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