South Carolina: Highly pathogenic Eurasian H5 avian influenza confirmed in wild American wigeon - Outbreak News Today

South Carolina: Highly pathogenic Eurasian H5 avian influenza confirmed in wild American wigeon - Outbreak News Today

NewsDesk @infectiousdiseasenews The United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) has confirmed highly pathogenic Eurasian H5 avian influenza (HPAI) in a wild American wigeon in Colleton County, South Carolina. Eurasian H5 HPAI has not been detected in a wild bird in the United States since 2016. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention considers the risk to the general public from HPAI H5 infections to be low. No human infections with Eurasian H5 viruses have occurred in the United States. As a reminder, the proper handling and cooking of poultry and eggs to an internal temperature of 165˚F kills bacteria and viruses, including HPAI. Since wild birds can be infected with these viruses without appearing sick, people should minimize direct contact with wild birds …
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