CNBC May 24, 2024
Annika Kim Constantino

Key Points

– U.S. health officials have been monitoring and responding to bird flu in humans, even as they emphasize that the risk to the general public remains low.

– A strain of bird flu called H5N1 has been confirmed in dairy cows across nine U.S. states, as well as in two people.

– Some infectious disease experts say the U.S. government appears to be generally prepared if bird flu begins to spread more widely and easily to humans, especially compared with how equipped the country was for the Covid pandemic.

U.S. health officials are monitoring and preparing to combat bird flu in humans, even as they emphasize that the risk to the general public remains low.

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