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What to know about the latest bird flu outbreak in the U.S.

Cow Milk
Published Apr 16, 2024

Tridge summary

Recent outbreaks of avian flu have been reported across the United States, affecting a Michigan poultry facility, a Texas egg producer, and for the first time, dairy cows, with a human case linked to a mammal. Despite these incidents, the CDC asserts that the public risk remains low, noting that the virus, Type A H5N1, is not new and has been spreading among animals globally since 2020. Nearly 900 human cases have been recorded in the last two decades, with symptoms similar to other flus and no evidence of human-to-human transmission. The economic impact, particularly on the egg and beef markets, is a concern, with potential for higher consumer prices and industry reputational damage. However, the egg industry remains stable despite the culling of nearly 2 million birds in Texas, thanks to a large population of egg-laying hens and a recent decrease in wholesale egg prices.
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ATLANTA (AP) — A poultry facility in Michigan and egg producer in Texas both recently reported outbreaks of avian flu. 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 United States reported an outbreak. Here are some key things to know about the disease. What Are Experts Saying? Dr. Mandy Cohen, the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, told The Associated Press on April 3 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 ...
Source: Agrinews
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