Biggest Egg Producer Hit

( – Raising alarms all over the country due to what it could mean for American consumers, health officials are concerned over a variant of bird flu detected in an infected person in Texas.

This specific flu has shown mutations suggesting the virus is increasingly capable of spreading among mammals and impacting human populations.

The mutation seems unique to humans and has not been identified in either cattle or wild birds. It is theorized the mutation may have occurred within the Texas patient after he developed an eye infection.

Additionally, three domestic cats in Texas died of bird flu after contracting the virus on dairy farms.

Furthermore, America’s biggest egg producer has reported bird flu within its flock, which prompted plans to cull nearly 2 million chickens.

This concerning turn of events caused anxiety since these farm outbreaks could disrupt the supply chain or drive up the prices of eggs and dairy products.

According to the EU’s Food Safety Agency (EFSA), the escalating concerns around H5N1, already responsible for a pandemic among animals, could pose a similar threat to humans.

Experts in infectious disease stated that each mammalian infection risks causing the virus to develop mutations that could enable its transmission to humans.

Epidemiologist Dr. Francois Balloux and virologist Dr. Peter Hotez are worried about the evolving situation, suggesting the virus’ continuous mutation could lead to more severe implications for human health.

However, both doctors also noted that widespread public worry would not change a pandemic’s potential outcome and said it is important to stay prepared instead of panicking.

Meanwhile, Dr. Nirav Shah of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) stated, “Our assessment of the risk of avian flu to the general public right now remains low. However, make no mistake, we are taking this very seriously.”

Global health authorities remain vigilant. WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus expressed concern over the virus’s danger to humans while noting its limited transmission between people historically.

“Any case of H5N1 is concerning because it is highly dangerous to humans, although it has never been shown to be easily transmissible between people,” he said.

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