More cases of H5N1 highly pathogenic avian influenza discovered in wild birds

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The US Department of Agriculture reported two more cases of highly pathogenic avian influenza in wild birds on Tuesday, just days after the first case of the virus’s Eurasian H5 strain was discovered. Colleton County, South Carolina, has two cases of Eurasian H5 avian influenza, while Hyde County, North Carolina, has one case.

The H5N1 strain, which has caused a wave of bird flu outbreaks in poultry across Europe and Asia, is present in all three cases, which have been reported in American wigeons, blue-winged teals, and northern shovelers. Despite the fact that H5N1 is one of the few bird flu strains to infect humans, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention believes the risk to the general public is low.

According to a press release from the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS), no human infections with Eurasian H5 viruses have been reported in the United States. Poultry and eggs should be handled carefully and cooked to an internal temperature of 165 degrees Fahrenheit, which kills bacteria and viruses.

People should avoid direct contact with wild birds by wearing gloves, according to the US agency, because wild birds can become infected with H5N1 without showing symptoms.

“If you come into contact with healthy domestic poultry or birds, wash your hands with soap and water and change your clothes.” “Whenever possible, hunters should dress game birds in the field and practise good biosecurity to prevent disease spread,” according to the release.

Poultry producers should avoid contact with wild birds and report sick or unusual bird deaths to state or federal officials, according to the USDA.

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