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Michigan dairy farm worker diagnosed with HPAI


May 27, 2024  by Manure Manager

A human case of highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI), commonly known among laypeople as “bird flu,” has been confirmed in Michigan, marking the second human case since the recent multistage outbreak of the infection began. The first case occurred in Texas, and both were tied to dairy farms.

According to the Center for Diseases Control (CDC), both infected persons reported only eye symptoms. Human health risk assessment from the CDC remains low, but the CDC continues to recommend precautions to those interacting with agricultural livestock.

The cases were both tied to farms where the outbreak, initially confined to poultry, had spread to dairy cattle.

Michigan State University recently announced that a team will study the outbreak in dairy cattle, specifically its effects on reproduction and milk production, as well as transmission of the disease and ways to mitigate it.

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