Becker's Healthcare June 20, 2024
Mariah Taylor

Some experts warn that the bird flu is at least two mutations away from widespread human infection and health systems may see some patients this summer, Medscape reported June 19.

Vivien Dugan, PhD, director of the influenza division at the CDC, told Medscape that her team is working with the Department of Agriculture, FDA and state and local health departments to respond to the bird flu outbreak.

The risk to the general public is still low, she said, but providers should begin asking patients with flu symptoms about their history of occupational exposures. Asking about occupation is not standardized on most electronic health records, but can be important, especially for younger workers on farms and slaughter and processing facilities.

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