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Concern over the rapid spread of bird flu among cows in the US

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Published Apr 14, 2024

Tridge summary

The United States is experiencing a concerning spread of the highly pathogenic H5N1 avian flu strain, now confirmed in cattle across seven states and linked to a human case in Texas, marking the first mammal-to-human transmission in the country. This development raises fears of the virus mutating to facilitate easier transmission between mammals. Additionally, the article highlights the potential threat posed by influenza A and the unique role of pigs as 'cocktail shakers' for recombining viruses, potentially leading to new, more virulent strains. The importance of vigilant epidemiological surveillance and genetic monitoring is emphasized, especially in light of recent outbreaks, with a call for Spain to remain alert following a bird flu outbreak. The situation poses a moderate risk to farm workers, though the general population's risk is currently considered low.
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Original content

Avian flu is beginning to spread freely through the dairy farms of the United States. The North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (NCDAC) has just announced the presence of highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) in one of the herds. This is the latest positive for a disease that has already been detected in cattle from six other different states – such as New Mexico, Texas, Kansas, Michigan, Ohio and Idaho – and whose first positive in cows was recorded on March 25. The rapid spread across North America has already caused one case of infection in humans. Thus, this week the World Health Organization (WHO) confirmed a case of avian flu (H5N1) in a man exposed to dairy cattle in Texas. At the moment no more positive cases of human infection have been identified associated with this case. And from the WHO they remember that this is the first that happens in people due to H5N1 acquired through contact with infected livestock and the second confirmed human case ...
Source: Agromeat
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