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A Texas plant full of egg-laying hens has been shut down temporarily after bird flu was detected in the animals.

Cal-Maine Foods, the largest egg producer in the country, said in a news release issued Tuesday that it had to subsequently cull about 1.6 million hens and 337,000 pullets (young hens) at the plant.

An unnamed person in Texas had been diagnosed with the H5N1 avian flu after close contact with infected dairy cattle, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported Monday.

It's only the second case ever confirmed in the United States (the first was in Colorado in 2022), and preliminary analysis of the strain in the new case suggests no new mutations of concern.

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Milk from dairy cows in Texas, Kansas and New Mexico has tested positive for the presence of bird flu, U.S. officials say.

In a news release issued Monday, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) confirmed the virus is the Type A H5N1 strain, known to cause outbreaks in birds and to sometime...

Tests done on a Chilean man infected with bird flu showed signs that the virus has partially adapted to spread between mammals. However, the public health risk still remains low, U.S. health officials say.

“Those genetic changes have been seen previously with past H5N1 infections, and have not resulted in spread between people,”

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  • A strain of avian (bird) flu appears to be killing seals off the New England coast, heightening fears among scientists that mammal-to-mammal transmission could be happening.

    If so, it would be a step towards something health experts have long dreaded: A strain of H5N1 bird flu that might spread easily among people, with potentially devastating effects.

    "We report an HPAI A (H5N1)...

    Two cases of bird flu in Cambodia, in a girl and her father, were not spread from one to the other.

    Both got the virus from poultry, according to health officials, easing concerns about a potential public health crisis, the Associated Press reported.

    The 11-year-old girl died Feb. 22 at a hospital in the capital, Phnom Penh. She was from the southeastern province of Prey Ve...

    U.S. health officials are considering using vaccines in poultry to stem an ongoing outbreak of bird flu.

    Scientists will begin testing the first vaccines for birds in years as the spread of avian influenza has killed about 58 million birds, according to the

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  • The first U.S. case of bird flu in a human has been confirmed in Colorado, federal and state health officials reported Thursday.

    Still, the risk to the general public is low, the U.S Centers for Disease Control and Prevention stressed.

    The patient, a 40-year-old man who was working on a farm with infected poultry as part of a prison work-release program, was largely asymptomatic, re...

    Mass cullings have been implemented as a highly contagious form of avian flu has swept across the eastern half of the United States in recent weeks, killing both farmed poultry and wild birds.

    "It's very concerning, given how quickly this thing is accelerating," Henry Niman, a biochemist in Pi...

    A man in China has been hospitalized with the H5N6 strain of avian flu, which is one of several potentially dangerous strains that can infect humans.

    The 55-year-old man came down with a fever and tested positive for the virus on July 6. He was hospitalized in Bazhong, a city in the province of Sichuan, according to the state-run China Global Television Network, The New York Times

    Raising chickens in your backyard -- a popular trend during the COVID-19 pandemic -- holds risks that can come home to roost in an unwelcome way.

    It's already well known that poultry can spread the salmonella bacteria to human handlers. But chickens cooped up in backyards could also be breeding grounds for viruses that pose an even bigger public health threat, according to Sonia Hernandez...

    It's not too late to get your flu shot, which can protect you in ways that may surprise you.

    The flu vaccine can be a lifesaver for people with heart disease, according to infectious disease specialist Dr. Michael Chang, assistant professor of pediatrics at University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston.

    "Previous studies have shown influenza vaccination could reduce d...