Person infected with bird flu by cow in US: experts concerned about increase in infections in mammals | Abroad

Person infected with bird flu by cow in US: experts concerned about increase in infections in mammals | Abroad
Person infected with bird flu by cow in US: experts concerned about increase in infections in mammals | Abroad
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A person has tested positive for bird flu after being infected by a dairy cow in the United States. This was announced by the authorities of the American state of Texas. The virus had infected herds in Texas, Kansas and several other states in recent weeks.

“The patient reported redness of the eyes as the only symptom and is recovering,” authorities said on Friday. The person was isolated and treated with an antiviral drug used against the flu.

Experts are concerned about the increasing number of mammals becoming infected with bird flu. The possibility of the virus spreading between mammals is particularly worrying, although infections in humans are very rare.

The authorities therefore indicate that the contamination does not increase the risk to the American population. That is still considered “low”. A case was also diagnosed in 2022, but it involved an infection from poultry.

Texas authorities also stated that the infection from cattle does not raise concerns about marketing milk. Dairies destroy the milk from sick cows and pasteurization kills viruses. Affected dairies are also being helped to limit the exposure of their staff and to monitor and test those who work with infected livestock.

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