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Avian Influenza Infects Mink; Could People Be Next?

The New York Times (Feb. 8) – Globally, the H5N1 variant that has been spreading in birds has led to fewer than 10 known cases in people since December 2021. “The H5 virus is not well adapted to humans,” says James Lowe, a professor of veterinary clinical medicine at the U. of I. The fact that the virus showed up on a mink farm is not particularly surprising, he says. “It’s not, in my mind, a particularly worrisome situation for human health,” Lowe says. “Obviously, it’s not very good for the mink.”