Fourth human case of bird flu


Below is the latest CDC guidance on bird flu. Unfortunately, since the agency lost public trust by mishandling Covid and distributing so much disinformation, and because nobody was held accountable and the agency wasn’t reformed, its guidance now–whether right or wrong–won’t carry nearly the credibility and weight that advice from the world’s top public health agency ought to carry.

Press Release

For Immediate Release
Wednesday, July 3, 2024

Contact: CDC Media Relations 
(404) 639-3286          

CDC Reports Fourth Human Case of H5 Bird Flu Tied to Dairy Cow Outbreak

CDC’s Risk Assessment for the General Public Remains Low

July 3, 2024 – A human case of highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) A(H5) (“H5 bird flu”) virus infection in the United States has been identified in the state of Colorado. This is the fourth case associated with an ongoing multistate outbreak of A(H5N1) in dairy cows and the first in Colorado. Previous cases were reported in Texas (1) and Michigan(2). As with previous cases, the person is a worker on a dairy farm where cows tested positive for A(H5N1) virus. The person reported eye symptoms only, received oseltamivir treatment, and has recovered. CDC has been watching influenza surveillance systems closely, particularly in affected states, and there has been no sign of unusual influenza activity in people, including in syndromic surveillance.

Based on the information available at this time, this infection does not change CDC’s current H5N1 bird flu human health risk assessment for the U.S. general public, which the agency considers to be low. However, this development underscores the importance of recommended precautions in people with exposure to infected animals. People with close or prolonged, unprotected exposures to infected birds or other animals (including livestock), or to environments contaminated by infected birds or other animals, are at greater risk of infection.

Case Background

A dairy worker who was being monitored because of their work exposure to H5N1 virus-infected cattle reported symptoms to state health officials. Testing results were inconclusive at the state. Specimens forwarded to CDC for additional testing were positive for influenza A(H5). The state was then notified of the results. The designation of the influenza virus neuraminidase (the N in the subtype) is pending genetic sequencing at CDC. Attempts to sequence the virus in the clinical specimen are underway and will be made available within 1-2 days if successful. Additional genetic analysis will look for any changes to the virus that could alter the agency’s risk assessment.

CDC Activities

This case was detected through the state’s implementation of CDC’s recommended monitoring and testing strategies in exposed persons. In addition to enhanced and targeted surveillance, CDC also has:

·       Held numerous calls with state and local health departments to increase preparedness

·       Taken action to improve supplies of personal protective equipment (PPE) for farmworkers

·       Updated interim recommendations for worker protection to include those who work with dairy cows

·       Conducted numerous calls with groups representing farmworkers

·       Begun targeted paid digital outreach in affected counties to reach farmworkers with information about bird flu prevention and what to do if they develop symptoms.

CDC Recommendations

·       People should avoid close, long, or unprotected exposures to sick or dead animals, including wild birds, poultry, other domesticated birds, and other wild or domesticated animals (including cows).

·       People should also avoid unprotected exposures to animal poop, bedding (litter), unpasteurized (“raw”) milk, or materials that have been touched by, or close to, birds or other animals with suspected or confirmed A(H5N1) virus.

·       CDC has interim recommendations for prevention, monitoring, and public health investigations of A(H5N1) virus infections in people. CDC also has updated recommendations for worker protection and use of personal protective equipment (PPE). Following these recommendations is central to reducing a person’s risk and containing the overall public health risk.

More information about A(H5N1) is available on the CDC website athttps://www.cdc.gov/flu/avianflu/avian-flu-summary.htm.

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4 thoughts on “Fourth human case of bird flu”

  1. Jeffrey Lawrence Olson

    Nothing unfortunate about it. It’s just intelligence and justice that leads to distrust of a corporate-owned federal agency.

  2. I wouldn’t be surprised if it wasn’t just one of many adverse reactions to the “vaccines.” “We’ll just call it bird flu and cripple the food supply at the same time.”

  3. The influenza virus lives in the digestive tract of migrating water fowl. It mutates all the time.
    The flu comes from birds! It’s always come from birds. The “experts” know this. Now you do too.

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