What to know about the latest bird flu outbreak in the US

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Published Apr 4, 2024

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Recent outbreaks of avian flu have been reported in various locations including a Michigan poultry facility, a Texas egg producer, and notably in dairy cows, marking a concerning spread of the virus and including the first known case of a human contracting bird flu from a mammal. Despite these developments, health officials, such as CDC Director Dr. Mandy Cohen, assert that the public risk remains low, though precautions are advised for farmworkers. The virus, Type A H5N1, has been present since 1959 and has evolved to affect different species globally. In the U.S., it has led to the culling of millions of chickens, affecting wild birds, commercial, and backyard poultry. The recent cases in livestock and a human linked to cow contact have heightened concerns about potential economic impacts on the egg and beef markets, especially noted during the busy Easter season when egg demand spikes. Although nearly 2 million birds were culled in Texas, the U.S. egg supply has remained stable, but the bird flu's spread could lead to higher consumer prices and reputational damage for affected industries.
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A poultry facility in Michigan and egg producer in Texas both reported outbreaks of avian flu this week. The latest developments on the virus also include infected dairy cows and the first known instance of a human catching bird flu from a mammal.Although health officials say the risk to the public remains low, there is rising concern, emerging in part from news that the largest producer of fresh eggs in the U.S. reported an outbreak.Here are some key things to know about the disease.Dr. Mandy Cohen, the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, told The Associated Press on Wednesday that the agency is taking bird flu seriously, but stressed that the virus has already been well studied."The fact that it is in cattle now definitely raises our concern level," Cohen said, noting that it means farmworkers who work with cattle—and not just those working with birds—may need to take precautions.The good news is that "it's not a new strain of the virus," Cohen added. ...
Source: Phys
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