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Bird flu: US confirms second human case in two months

BMJ 2024; 385 doi: (Published 23 May 2024) Cite this as: BMJ 2024;385:q1156
  1. Mun-Keat Looi
  1. The BMJ

US officials have confirmed a second case of H5N1 bird flu in a human in the state of Michigan, only the third ever detected in the country. It follows a spreading infection among dairy cows—the first time H5N1 has been found to infect the animals—last month.1

The case further raises fears of a crossover of infection to humans, though authorities were quick to emphasise that there is no immediate threat to human life.

“The current health risk to the public remains low. This virus is being closely monitored, and we have not seen signs of sustained human-to-human transmission at this point,” said the Michigan Department of …

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