A case of H5N1 influenza infection detected in US dairy cows

In Texas, a man has been diagnosed with H5N1 bird flu after coming into contact with infected dairy cows. This is the second confirmed case of the virus in the US, following the first case in Colorado in 2022. Preliminary analysis of the virus strain did not show any concerning mutations.

The CDC has stated that this infection does not change their assessment of the public health risk associated with H5N1 influenza in the United States. The risk of an outbreak here remains low, and existing antibiotics are effective against circulating strains of the virus. If it mutates to spread easily among humans, however, current vaccines will also be effective in preventing it.

Avian flu can be transmitted to humans, but infections have only been reported in people who have had close contact with infected animals. Despite this, the death rate for this strain is very high, up to 50% compared to just 3% for regular flu cases. The patient is currently being isolated and receiving treatment with antiviral drugs.

By Riley Johnson

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