Source: USA Today 

A recent bird flu outbreak in Texas and Kansas has prompted investigations after reports of one human case and infections in dairy cows. The virus, identified as avian influenza A (H5N1), affected cows and one person, causing conjunctivitis. The CDC deems the health risk low. Researchers found that cats were also affected, sparking concern. Cats can contract bird flu from infected birds, though it’s primarily transmitted between wild and domestic birds.

The outbreak likely originated from contaminated water and food sources. Instances of mammalian outbreaks, including in pets, have occurred in the past, but human transmission from pets is rare. Preventive measures include avoiding contact with wild birds, monitoring pets, and practicing hygiene protocols. This situation underscores the importance of vigilance and preventive actions to curb the spread of bird flu.

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