Second Human Case of Bird Flu Confirmed in the US


Second Human Case of Bird Flu Confirmed in the US

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued a health alert after a person in Texas was infected with bird flu. The individual, a farm worker at a commercial dairy farm in Texas, is only the second person in the U.S. to test positive for the disease. The alert issued Friday stated that the current risk posed by Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza A (H5N1) Virus, commonly known as bird flu, remains low. However, CDC warned that individuals exposed to infected birds, cattle, or other animals at a higher risk of infection should take extra precaution.

The recent positive test involved a farm worker on a commercial dairy farm in Texas who developed conjunctivitis, or pink eye, at the end of March and later tested positive for bird flu. The virus had been circulating in the area’s dairy cattle and wild birds. CDC noted that there have been no previous reports of the spread of the virus from cows to humans, and human-to-human transmission has not been identified. The patient did not report any other symptoms and did not require hospitalization but was isolated and treated. This is the second person to test positive for bird flu in the U.S., after a patient in Colorado tested positive in 2022 after coming into contact with infected poultry. There have been no illnesses or deaths linked to the virus among humans.

Bird flu is currently circulating among wild birds in the U.S., as well as outbreaks among poultry and backyard flocks. Infections among cattle have also been confirmed in four states – Texas, Kansas, Michigan, and New Mexico – with another likely positive test in Idaho. CDC stated that the spread has likely been due to the movement of cattle across state lines. The CDC is collaborating with the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Food and Drug Administration, and state health departments to monitor people who are exposed to infected animals.

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