In 2024, according to Wikipedia, 2 American have ever already contracted H5N1 (avian bird flu), in 2022 and 2024; neither has died (of the disease). Will an American die of H5N1 this year?

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“During the press conference, Dawn O’Connell, assistant secretary for preparedness and response at HHS, revealed that 4.8 million doses of H5N1 vaccine that has been stockpiled in bulk is in the process of being put into vials — a process called fill and finish. This is a little less than half of the vaccine believed to be effective against the current strain of H5N1 that is stored in the National Pre-Pandemic Influenza Vaccine Stockpile.

O’Connell said the decision to make the vaccine more readily deployable was taken a couple of weeks ago. “It takes a couple of months to be able to fill and finish vaccine doses… so I thought it made sense, given what we were seeing,” she said.

O’Connell said a decision to use the vaccine has not been made.”

@SusanneinFrance Cases in the US seem mild:

“This is only the third human case ever of H5N1 reported in the United States. A man in Texas who worked on a dairy farm was infected there earlier in this outbreak. The country’s first case, in the spring of 2022, was in a man in Colorado who was involved in culling H5N1-infected birds in a poultry outbreak there.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said a nasal swab taken from the Michigan farm worker was negative for flu. But a swab of the person’s eye was sent to the CDC, where it tested positive for H5 flu virus, though final confirmation that it’s the H5N1 subtype is pending genetic sequencing. This was the only symptom the individual had, the CDC said.”

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