US detects 1st human case of bird flu transmitted by cows

US detects 1st human case of bird flu transmitted by cows
US detects 1st human case of bird flu transmitted by cows
-

The contagion of a highly pathogenic strain of avian influenza (IAAP) by cows would have occurred through wild birds, several of which were found dead on the outskirts of a Texas farm, they reported on that occasion.

State and federal health agencies work “to investigate the human and animal cases and understand how the virus spreads, to protect livestock and people who work with them. The case does not change the risk to general citizens, which remains low “, highlighted the Texan institution.

This is the second human case of bird flu (H5N1) in the United States and the first linked to exposure to livestock. There was a previous case in 2022 in Colorado of a person who had direct exposure to farmed poultry.

Avian influenza (H5N1) “is a type of influenza virus that usually infects wild birds and can be transmitted to domestic birds and other animals. It occasionally infects people, and transmission from one person to another is extremely rare”, according to the Texan entity.

“The illnesses of people with H5N1 range from mild, such as eye infections and upper respiratory symptoms, to severe, such as pneumonia and death,” highlighted the institution.

The contagion also does not pose a risk to Texas’ important dairy industry, as farms isolate infected animals and eliminate or divert their production. Health authorities emphasize that, if part of the milk from contaminated cows enters the food chain, the pasteurization process deactivates the virus.


The article is in Portuguese

Tags: detects #1st human case bird flu transmitted cows

-

-

PREV China makes efforts to recover visitors – 04/01/2024 – Market
NEXT Havana Syndrome: investigations link mysterious illness to Russian intelligence