US CDC reports human case of H5N1 avian flu linked to contact with cattle

US health authorities say a person in the southern state of Texas has tested positive for bird flu after being exposed to cattle that may have been infected.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, or CDC, said on Monday that the patient has the highly pathogenic H5N1 strain of the avian influenza virus.

The CDC reports that the patient's only symptom is eye redness. It says the individual is taking medication and recovering. It also says the person was told to isolate.

The avian flu virus was detected in dairy cows in Texas and Kansas in late March. The patient reportedly had contact with cattle.

This is said to be the second confirmed case of human infection with the H5N1 strain in the United States. The first one was in 2022.

The CDC says it is maintaining its assessment that the health risk from this strain of the virus is low for the general public.

The World Health Organization says there were 887 cases of human infection with the H5N1 avian flu virus between 2003 and late February of this year. It says 462 of those cases were fatal.

The WHO says most of the infections were reported in Asia and Africa. Japan's health ministry says there have been no confirmed cases in the country.