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Day two of David Pecker testimony wraps in NY Trump trial; Supreme Court hears arguments on Idaho's near-total abortion ban; ND sees a flurry of campaigning among Native candidates; and NH lags behind other states in restricting firearms at polling sites.

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The Senate moves forward with a foreign aid package. A North Carolina judge overturns an aged law penalizing released felons. And child protection groups call a Texas immigration policy traumatic for kids.

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Wyoming needs more educators who can teach kids trade skills, a proposal to open 40-thousand acres of an Ohio forest to fracking has environmental advocates alarmed and rural communities lure bicyclists with state-of-the-art bike trail systems.

Texas officials address human avian flu case

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Wednesday, April 3, 2024   

The cattle industry and health officials in Texas are on alert after a person contracted avian flu while working around infected cattle in the Texas Panhandle.

According to the Department of State Health Services, the patient was diagnosed with bird flu after experiencing eye inflammation. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention confirmed the diagnosis.

Dr. Varun Shetty, chief epidemiologist for the Texas Department of State Health Services, said symptoms of avian flu can range from mild to severe.

"Severe illness in humans, in history, has included severe outcomes, like pneumonia and even death," Shetty pointed out. "In this case, this individual presented really just with eye irritation -- something that we call conjunctivitis -- which is not typical for the seasonal flu."

Shetty stressed the person is being treated with antibiotics and is doing well. The first cases of bird flu in cattle were discovered in the Panhandle in March. Texas is one of five states reporting cases of the virus in cattle.

Health officials say it is very rare for the avian flu to spread between humans and the risk to the public is low. Workers in the cattle industry have been told to wear goggles and other protective gear while working with sick animals.

Shetty noted the health department is working closely with other agencies to protect the public and ensure the outbreak does not affect dairy products.

"Pasteurized milk products that you buy in the stores are safe to consume," Shetty emphasized. "There's a rigorous process to make sure that the milk that is sold in stores goes through the steps necessary to make it safe."

The Texas case is the second instance of bird flu reported in humans in the U.S. A Colorado man contracted the virus in 2022 after being exposed to infected poultry.


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