Rare human case of bird flu in Texas after contact with dairy cattle

A rare human case of bird flu was reported in Texas after a person came into contact with cattle suspected of being infected. The announcement comes days after federal authorities said the virus had emerged Spread to dairy cattle in several states, including Texas.

The Texas State Department of Health said the patient’s only symptom was eye inflammation. The unnamed person was tested late last week and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention confirmed the results over the weekend. The person is now treated with the antiviral medication Oseltamivirwhich can be used to treat influenza A and B as well as swine flu, according to the Mayo Clinic.

Cases of bird flu, also known as H5N1, are known to cause a range of symptoms in humans, from mild ones such as eye infections and respiratory problems to more severe ones such as pneumonia and death, Texas officials said.

The CDC said this is only the second time a person in the U.S. has been infected with bird flu, which typically affects wild birds but can also spread to domestic species. In its most recent outbreak, the disease has killed millions of birds worldwide and also spread to other mammal populations, killing sea lions, seals and even a polar bear.

Last week federal authorities announced that dairy cattle are the youngest group of animals to become infected with a virus strain. Cattle in Texas, Kansas and Michigan are currently believed to be affected, marking the first time dairy cows in the United States have had to deal with this particular infection.

Although bird flu has spread to at least one person, the Texas Department of State Health Services said it is still “extremely rare” for bird flu to spread from person to person.

“Initial testing shows that the virus has not changed in a way that would increase the likelihood of spread among people,” the department said. “DSHS provides guidance to affected dairies on how to minimize worker exposure and how…”

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