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Doctor Issues Dire Bird Flu Warning


Wed 19 Jun 2024 | 01:21 PM
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A prominent doctor has cautioned that the USDA and CDC may be overlooking a potential nationwide outbreak of bird flu in the United States due to inadequate testing.

Dr. Rick Bright, a virologist and former director at the Department of Health and Human Services, expressed greater concern about the situation than what is evident, given that only three Americans have tested positive for the virus.

He raised the alarm that, despite the low number of cases, the virus could be mutating, potentially becoming more transmissible to humans.

"We are currently operating in the dark in this fight, and I am deeply worried that the virus is gaining ground and outpacing us," he stated.

Scientists have highlighted the high risk because of widespread infections in cattle, which possess receptors found in both avian and human lungs.

Up to now, the CDC has only conducted bird flu testing on 45 individuals, a measure it takes when there are concerns of potential infection.

However, with a significant number of infected herds — 102 as of yesterday — there are concerns that the virus may be acquiring new mutations.

Dr. Bright further emphasized during the interview: "When I say we are not taking enough action, it's because we truly have no idea about the true number of humans affected by this virus."

"Furthermore, there has been very limited or almost no serology testing conducted on any of the cases, the close contacts on the farm, or their family members," he added.ted or almost no serology testing conducted on any of the cases, the close contacts on the farm, or their family members," he added.