In a surprising and scary twist, a Michigan dairy worker has been diagnosed with bird flu, marking the second human case linked to an outbreak in U.S. Dairy cows. Yes, you read that right -- BIRD flu in COWS, passed to HUMANS. Michigan health officials said the farmer had been working with cows when he began experiencing mild eye irritation symptoms. While a nasal swab returned negative, an eye swab tested positive for bird flu, indicating an eye infection.

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According to Michigan's chief medical executive, Dr. Natasha Bagdasarian, who spoke with AP News, the infected farm employee noticed a "gritty feeling" in his eye earlier in the month. Despite the bird flu diagnosis, the case was very mild and did not require treatment with oseltamivir, a medication commonly used to treat bird flu.

Low Risk to the Public, High Risk for Michigan's Farmworkers

Michigan Dairy Worker Contracts Bird Flu from Infected Cow

Michigan's health officials emphasize that the public's risk is low. However, farmworkers in close contact with potentially infected animals are at high risk. Protective eyewear and other equipment are recommended to safeguard farm employees.

Since it was discovered in livestock, bird flu has once again caused a stir. Currently, 51 dairy herds in nine states, including 15 in Michigan, have confirmed cases. This obviously raises concerns about food safety, but pasteurized dairy products remain safe for consumption.

Michigan's Bird Flu a Growing Concern, But No Need to Panic

Michigan Dairy Worker Contracts Bird Flu from Infected Cow

Since 2020, bird flu has spread among various animal species globally, including humans. Yet, there is no evidence of it causing flu-like illnesses in humans or spreading between people. This new case reminds us of the ongoing efforts needed to monitor and contain the virus.

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Michigan officials have been vigilant, testing 35 people exposed to the infected herds. No other workers have reported symptoms. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) gave Michigan high praise for its proactive approach, which now includes daily symptom checks for at-risk workers. So, while bird flu cows may sound like the plot of a bad B-movie, rest assured that state health officials are on it.

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