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Texas Man Diagnosed with H5N1 Bird Flu: What You Need to Know

BySamantha Nguyen

Apr 2, 2024
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 in the US, following the first case in Colorado in 2022. The virus strain in this new infection did not show any concerning mutations.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) 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. The patient is currently isolated and receiving treatment with antiviral drugs.

Avian flu can be transmitted to humans, but only people who have had close contact with infected animals have reported infections. However, the death rate of this flu strain can reach up to 50%, compared to just 3% in regular flu cases. Current antibiotics are effective against circulating H5N1 influenza strains, and if the virus mutates to spread easily in humans, existing vaccines will also be effective in preventing it.

By Samantha Nguyen

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