WHO says risk to public health from avian influenza A (H5N1) remains low

FILE PHOTO: WHO logo seen near its headquarters in Geneva

GENEVA (Reuters) - The head of the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Wednesday that the risk to public health from the avian influenza A (H5N1) virus remained low despite its spread among dairy cattle in the United States.

Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, WHO Director-General, said the virus had not shown signs of having acquired the ability to spread easily among humans, with 893 human cases reported since 2003.

"That remains the case, which is why at this time, WHO continues to assess the risk to public health as low," he said.

(Reporting by Gabrielle Tétrault-Farber; Editing by Madeline Chambers)