Bird flu strains spread globally, affecting animals and humans

The Straits Times July 10, 2024, 12:00 PM UTC

Summary: Avian influenza, or bird flu, is spreading globally, with a severe H5N1 variant affecting animals since 2020. In the United States, dairy cows are infected, with four workers testing positive. Different strains have been found in Australia, Mexico, and other countries. Human cases are linked to exposure to poultry. The World Health Organization states the current risk to people is low. Germany reported a rare H7N5 outbreak.

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    Bird flu in cows can transmit to humans through milk (ScienceAlert)
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    Three possible human bird flu cases in Colorado (The Express Tribune)
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    Bird flu outbreak in Weld County prompts PETA warning (PETA)
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    Australia underprepared for H5N1 bird flu variant (ABC News)
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    Rising avian influenza concerns lead to more cancelled poultry shows (ABC News)
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    WHO urges increased surveillance for H5N1 bird flu (The Straits Times)
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    Colorado declares emergency due to bird flu outbreak, 1.78M chickens culled (Salon)
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    Finland vaccinates farmworkers for bird flu; US urged to follow (News-Medical.Net)
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    Bird flu outbreak in US binds to human cells, sparking pandemic fears (GB News)
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    Bird flu mutating to infect humans better, urgent action needed (Salon)
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    Bovine H5N1 flu in cow milk poses health risks (News-Medical.Net)
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    Pasteurization neutralizes avian flu in milk, ensuring consumer safety (Tech Explorist)
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    Fourth person in U.S. catches bird flu from cows in Colorado (Livescience.com)
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    Study warns of H5N1 avian flu risk from unpasteurized milk (News-Medical.Net)
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    Colorado dairy worker tests positive for bird flu, fourth linked (CP24)
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    Colorado reports 4th human case of bird flu (XM)
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    Colorado dairy worker 4th to test positive for bird flu (CTV News)
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    Scientists warn of potential bird flu pandemic due to spread (GB News)
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    Pasteurization kills bird flu in raw milk, FDA confirms (Scripps News)
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    H5N1 stable on milking equipment for at least 1 hour (FeedStrategy.com)
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    Avian flu surveillance gaps raise pandemic detection concerns (CTV News)
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    Scientists warn of slow-motion bird flu pandemic risk (The Indian Express)
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    Study confirms pasteurization kills bird flu in cow's milk (Morning Ag Clips -)
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    Bird flu pandemic concerns due to slow surveillance, spread risk (XM)
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    FDA testing dairy for avian flu amid epidemic (Health Policy Watch)
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    Michigan leads in monitoring bird flu outbreak with daily check-ins on farm workers (The Guardian)
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    No human transmission of H10N5 bird flu virus detected (China Daily)
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    Scientists study why bird flu kills some animals more than others (VOA Learning English)
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    H5N1 bird flu can remain infectious in raw milk (Livescience.com)
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    Four states to test dairy farm milk tanks for bird flu (Oklahoma Voice)
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