Person Infected With Bird Flu in Texas After Contact With Cattle

by 24USATVApril 2, 2024, 8:20 p.m. 22
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The patient’s primary symptom was conjunctivitis; the individual is being treated with an antiviral drug and is recovering, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The Department of Agriculture announced the first cases in dairy cows last week. As of Monday night, the virus had been confirmed in 11 herds across four states: Texas, Kansas, Michigan and New Mexico, the agency said. Cows in Idaho may also be infected.

The virus has been identified as the same version of H5N1, an influenza subtype, that is circulating in North American birds.

The C.D.C. is working with state health departments to monitor other people who may have been in contact with infected birds and animals, the agency said on Monday. It also urged people to avoid exposure to sick or dead birds and animals, and to raw milk, feces or other potentially contaminated materials.

This is only the second case of H5N1 bird flu in people in the United States; the first was in 2022. The risk to the general public remains low, experts said. But testing and analysis is ongoing, and there are many unanswered questions.

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