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Texas Confirms First Human Case of Bird Flu After Cattle Outbreak

2 weeks ago
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Health officials in Texas have reported the first human case of highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) in the state, and the second in the United States.

This comes less than a week after the virus was detected in dairy cattle across Texas and Kansas.

From Cows to Humans

The Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) identified the infected individual as someone who had been "in close contact with dairy cows presumed to be infected with avian influenza."

The primary symptom reported was conjunctivitis, commonly known as pink eye. This raises concerns about potential human-to-human transmission, although health officials maintain the general public faces a low risk.

Federal and state agencies are collaborating to investigate the outbreak. While avian influenza A(H5N1) rarely spreads between humans, those in close contact with infected animals are considered high-risk.

The DSHS has issued a health alert urging healthcare providers to remain vigilant and identify potential bird flu cases, especially among individuals with regular animal contact.


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