Avian influenza

Concerns Rise as Four More Cats Succumb to Highly Pathogenic Avian Flu H5N1

Recent reports reveal that four more cats have succumbed to the highly pathogenic avian flu H5N1, raising concerns about efficient mammal-to-mammal transmission. The total number of feline fatalities now stands at 14 since Spring 2024, with 24 cats falling victim to H5N1 in the past two years. Learn more about the concerning trend and the ‘B3.13 genotype’ emergence in this article.

Investors Eyeing Vaccine Developers Amid Rising Bird Flu Cases

Mounting cases of bird flu in humans are driving day traders to invest in vaccine developers, with CureVac NV and Novavax Inc. experiencing significant stock surges. Moderna Inc. and Pfizer Inc. are also seeing increases as discussions with the US government on bird flu vaccine development emerge. Health-care specialist Jared Holz warns of strong stock reactions and advises caution, as the impact on revenue remains uncertain. Investors are closely monitoring the vaccine industry amidst escalating concerns over bird flu.

Outbreak of Bird Flu in US Dairy Cows Raises Concerns

Recent outbreak of bird flu in US dairy cows raises concerns after Michigan dairy worker becomes second human infected. CDC warns of increasing cases among cows and high virus levels in raw milk. Risk of transmission remains low. USDA requires cows to test negative before transport. Infectious disease expert warns of potential for more cases. Global cases in various animal species highlight need for vigilance in monitoring and controlling virus spread.

Herbruck’s Poultry Ranch Faces Layoffs Due to Avian Influenza Outbreaks

Herbruck’s Poultry Ranch, Michigan’s largest egg producer, faces challenges amid highly pathogenic avian influenza outbreaks. The company’s recent layoff of 400 employees is part of its recovery efforts. With USDA confirming the virus in 10 commercial flocks and nearly seven million birds depopulated, the industry is working to rebuild and safeguard poultry health. Stakeholders are closely monitoring and implementing measures to prevent further spread, impacting the broader poultry and egg production sector in Michigan.

Australia Reports First Human Case of Bird Flu in Child from Victoria

Australia reports its first human case of bird flu in a child from Victoria who tested positive for H5N1 avian influenza. Despite global concerns, authorities confirm no evidence of transmission within Victoria, with the child fully recovering. Avian influenza, primarily affecting birds, poses low risk to humans. Recent outbreak incidents include euthanization of chickens at a separate farm in Victoria. Department of Health reassures public of low risk of human transmission and emphasizes difficulty of human-to-human spread.

Highly Pathogenic H5N1 Bird Flu Detected in Dairy Cattle Across Nine US States

Health authorities in the United States have confirmed the presence of H5N1 bird flu in dairy cattle in nine states, with the virus detected in raw milk samples. While pasteurization makes milk products safe, consuming raw milk is strongly advised against. H5N1, primarily infecting birds, has spread to cows and other mammals, raising concerns. The CDC reports low human transmission risk, with only two confirmed cases in the US outbreak. Occupational exposure remains the highest risk for infection.

Defiant Raw Milk Enthusiasts Risking Health Amid H5N1 Outbreak

Despite warnings from health experts during the H5N1 bird flu outbreak in US dairy cows, raw milk enthusiasts remain defiant. The Raw Milk Institute dismisses concerns as fearmongering, with customers seeking out raw milk from infected cows for supposed immunity. Experts caution against this risky behavior, emphasizing the substantial dangers of consuming raw milk from infected cows and the potential emergence of new, virulent strains. Health authorities advise against raw milk consumption to avoid severe consequences.

Communication Challenges in H5N1 Outbreak Response

The H5N1 bird flu outbreak has raised concerns about communication strategies, echoing past issues seen during the Covid-19 pandemic. Federal agencies like the USDA have faced criticism for delayed and confusing information dissemination. Despite reassurances from the CDC, concerns about virus mutation and public health risks persist. Comparisons to the initial Covid-19 communication challenges highlight the importance of clear, timely communication in managing public health crises.

Feline Fatalities Rise as H5N1 Bird Flu Spreads in the United States

Three more cats have tragically succumbed to the H5N1 bird flu in the United States, bringing the total known feline fatalities to 10 since the virus spread to dairy cows earlier this year. Concerns are mounting over the potential underreporting of infected barn cats due to limited testing, as the global circulation of the H5N1 clade strain sparks fears of potential human-to-human transmission. The U.S. Department of Agriculture has disclosed the detection of bird flu in unpasteurized milk from ailing cows in Kansas and Texas, with outbreaks on dairy farms surging to 42 across 9 states.

CDC Faces Opposition from Texas and Idaho Officials in Bird Flu Investigation

The CDC faces opposition from state officials and dairy farmers in Texas and Idaho as they investigate dairy farms for a potential bird flu outbreak. Some officials view the CDC’s actions as overreach, while others argue for the USDA to take the lead. The clash highlights challenges in managing health crises and differing perspectives on federal agency roles.