The ongoing global outbreak of HPAI A(H5N1) has caused the worst domestic poultry outbreak on record, with more than 58 million poultry affected in the U.S. to date. Thirteen human cases have been reported globally, including one in the U.S. Of the globally reported cases, six were hospitalized and two have died.
Currently, A(H5N1) is believed to pose a low risk to the health of the general public. In addition, the spread of avian influenza viruses from one infected person to a close contact is very rare, and when it has happened, it has only spread to a few people. However, because of the possibility that avian influenzas viruses could change and gain the ability to spread easily between people, monitoring for human infection and person-to-person spread is extremely important for the public health.
We believe these steps are important for continued surveillance of novel influenza in the U.S., including avian, variant, and other novel influenza A cases, if they occur. As a reminder, human infection with any novel influenza A virus should be reported to your local health department immediately upon suspicion.
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