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H5N1 Bird Flu

The CDC is investigating a multi-state outbreak of highly pathogenic avian influenza (H5N1) among poultry and dairy cows with one recent human transmission detected in a Texas dairy worker. While the current public health risk is considered low for the general public:

  • dairy and cattle workers, hunters and people who work with infected or dead birds or animals are at higher risk for infection, and personal protective equipment (PPE) is recommended.
  • CDC and FDA are also recommending against the consumption of raw milk or raw milk products, which are unpasteurized.

Updated May 31, 2024, 12:09 PM