Bird flu found in another Michigan farmworker

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For the third time this year, a human has been reported to have been infected with bird flu.

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) announced on Thursday afternoon that there was an additional case of influenza A (H5) in a Michigan farmworker who worked closely with influenza A (H5) positive cows.

This worker was employed at a farm different from the first Michigan case announced on May 22. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) continues to find that the risk to the public remains low; this farmworker was quickly provided antivirals and is recovering from respiratory symptoms. 

This virus has been associated with the ongoing multistate influenza A outbreak (H5N1). As part of the ongoing response, state and local public health are closely monitoring for potential human cases, which has occurred sporadically in individuals with close contact to infected animals. It is not unexpected that comprehensive testing identifies sporadic human infections in farm workers. 

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Bird flu found in another Michigan farmworker