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H5N1 Avian Flu expands to Milk, human and further

A cattle farm worker contracted the H5N1 in Michigan, and this case is the third human infected by the Highly-Pathogenic Avian Influenza(HPAI) A (H5) (H5 bird flu) virus strain. The CDC states that any dairy farm worker should not be close to the infected cattle, bird poop.

The first human case was from a Colorado dairy farm, the second case in Texas, and the third case came from Michigan. When they were infected by the virus, swapping tests were being done. The result of the swapping test to the nose was negative but the eye swapping test was positive for the virus.

The CDC warns the public, that “highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) A(H5) (“H5 bird flu”) virus infection in the United States has been identified in the state of Michigan.

CDC has been watching closely, particularly in affected states, and there has been no sign of unusual influenza activity in people, including in syndromic surveillance.
Based on the information available, this infection does not change the CDC’s current H5N1 bird flu human health risk assessment for the U.S. general public, which the agency considers to be low.

However, this development underscores the importance of recommended precautions for people with exposure to infected or potentially infected animals. People with close or prolonged, unprotected exposures to infected birds or other animals (including livestock), or environments contaminated by infected birds or other animals, are at greater risk of infection.”

CDC released an article from the journal Emerging Infectious Diseases the unusual mortality of a cohort of gray (Halichoerus grypus) and harbor (Phoca Vitulina) seals infected by the highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) A (H5N1) virus. The 15 infected seals succumbed to the viral infection in the St. Lawrence Estuary, Quebec, Canada.

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