H5N1 in the US

From NBC News, January 22, 2015:

A green-winged teal shot by a hunter in northern Washington state has tested positive for H5N1 bird flu ā€” a relative of the virus that’s infected nearly 700 people globally and killed 400 of them.


To make matters more complicated, this strain of H5N1 found in the teal appears to be a mix of H5N1 and the H5N8 found in Washington state and elsewhere in the U.S. as well as in Europe, South Korea, Japan and Taiwan.

The pandemic potential of this version of H5N1 is unknown.


2 thoughts on “H5N1 in the US

  1. Can hunters get H5N1 from cleaning and consuming birds that test positive? Why would hunters test birds for H5N1? Is it required? Thanks!

  2. Hunters who clean birds with H5N1 could definitely get infected. Lots of people have gotten infected by handling birds with H5N1. Further, there have been many family clusters where H5N1 has passed from one person to another.

    Hunters should get their birds tested so they don’t die and/or get their family members killed.

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