The largest egg producer in the United States announced on Tuesday that it has temporarily suspended operations at its Texas facilities after detecting bird flu in chickens – the latest in a series of cases among American livestock producers in recent weeks.

Cal-Maine Foods he said. Because he said 1.6 million chickens and 337,000 pullets (young chickens) in Palmer County, Texas, after some of the chickens were diagnosed with highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI). Caused by the influenza A virus, it is widely distributed among wild and domestic birds.

A dairy worker in Texas was infected with the virus that causes avian influenza, which turned out to be the only It’s the second known human case in the United States, state and federal officials said Monday. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention he said. The person tested tested positive for H5N1 bird flu.

Cut chickens at Cal-Maine Feeds represented 3.6 percent of the flock as of March 2. he said.. The company said that “no farm is immune from HPAI” but added that it is “committed to strong biosecurity programs in the area”.

Minnesota officials reported Last month, the first case of bird flu in an animal occurred in the United States, when a baby goat living on a farm with infected chickens tested positive.

Bird flu was also found in dairy cows in Texas and Kansas last month. Later that week, US officials said they had tested positive for cows in Michigan And there were presumptive positive tests among cows in Idaho and New Mexico, suggesting the virus could be spreading among cattle.

On Tuesday, the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development declared bird flu found At a poultry plant in Ionia County, the virus was the “fourth detection of HPAI at a commercial facility” since the virus first appeared in the state in 2022.

US Department of Agriculture he said. On Tuesday, that case was discovered in a dairy cow herd in Idaho.

Officials say the risk to human health is low. But the CDC warns that people exposed to infected birds or other animals, including livestock, are at greater risk of contracting the disease.

People also eat uncooked or undercooked food, unpasteurized milk and raw cheese; According to the CDC. Cooking eggs or poultry to a temperature of 165 degrees Fahrenheit generally “kills bacteria and viruses, including bird flu viruses,” he says. Domestic chickens or pet chickens are at risk if they come into contact with wild birds that carry the virus.

Bird flu symptoms in humans inclusion Red eyes, fever, cough, sore throat, muscle or body pain, headache, fatigue, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing. Diarrhea, nausea, vomiting or seizures are less common, the CDC said.