Media Tip Sheet: Fourth Human Bird Flu Case Confirmed in US


July 10, 2024

A person in Colorado tested positive for the bird flu. This is the fourth case reported in the U.S. Two other cases were reported in Michigan and in Texas. 

According to the CDC, the dairy worker was treated for symptoms and has since recovered from the infection, which occurred in April. The patient reported eye symptoms, similar to pink eye.

The George Washington University has experts available who can offer insight and analysis. If you would like to schedule an interview, please contact Katelyn Deckelbaum, [email protected].

Amanda Castel, is a professor of epidemiology at the GW Milken Institute School of Public Health and an expert in infectious diseases. She has served as an Epidemic Intelligence Service officer for the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, spent over a decade working with local and state health departments and is board certified in pediatrics and preventive medicine and public health.

Maria Elena Ruiz is an associate professor of medicine and an infectious disease expert at the GW School of Medicine and Health Sciences.

Marc Siegel, is an associate professor of medicine at the GW School of Medicine and Health Sciences, and is an infectious disease expert. 

Barbara Kowalcyk, associate professor of exercise and nutrition sciences and food safety expert at the GW Milken Institute School of Public Health is available to provide information on bird flu and the risk to food safety. 

Janet Buffer, food safety expert at the George Washington University can discuss what bird flu is and its discovery in animals.

 

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