Another Human Case of Bird Flu

( – Warning Americans about a possible virus, U.S. health authorities have reported a second human infection of bird flu, identified as the H5N1 virus, amid a widespread outbreak among dairy cows.

This announcement comes just under two months following the initial human case, with both individuals having worked on dairy farms in Texas and Michigan respectively.

According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), both workers experienced only minor symptoms and have fully recovered.

Despite this second confirmed case, the CDC maintains that the risk to the general public remains low, although they anticipate that additional cases may surface.

Given the high levels of the virus “in raw milk from infected cows, and the extent of the spread of this virus in dairy cows, similar additional human cases could be identified,” the CDC noted.

The worker in Michigan involved in the most recent case was employed at a dairy farm known to have cows infected with the H5N1 virus. Michigan Health and Human Services reported that the individual experienced mild symptoms and has since recovered.

Currently, the bird flu has affected 52 herds across nine U.S. states, with the CDC highlighting that “People with close or prolonged, unprotected exposures to infected birds or other animals (including livestock) … are at greater risk of infection.”

While the H5N1 strain has been devastating for millions of poultry, cows, which recently became susceptible, have not experienced severe illnesses.

Likewise, the presence of the virus in pasteurized milk has been confirmed, though authorities reassured that pasteurization neutralizes the virus, which ensures that milk sold in stores remains safe for consumption.

Officials remain vigilant against the potential for human-to-human transmission of the virus, concerned that it might mutate into a form more easily spread among people.

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