Michigan farmer becomes third American to be infected with bird flu

A dairy farm worker in Michigan has become the third person in the US to be infected with bird flu in the current outbreak.

The patient suffered from watery discharge from their eyes — like the two previous cases — but also had a cough, the first time this has been reported in relation to this outbreak.

They have been treated with the antiviral oseltamivir and are isolating at home with their symptoms described as 'resolving'. None of their colleagues or household contacts have developed symptoms of an infection.

The case was revealed by the CDC, which said the worker had likely caught the virus from close contact with cattle infected with the virus.

They said the risk to general public was still low because cases were only recorded among individuals with close contact with cattle.

michigan farmer becomes third american to be infected with bird flu

The above map shows states were bird flu infections have been confirmed in dairy cows

The case follows two other infections recorded among dairy farm workers — one in Texas and a second in Michigan last week.

Both were only reported to have suffered from symptoms in the eye, such as redness and inflammation.

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