H5N1 Eurasian Flu

I’ve been working in health care long enough to remember the H5N1 of 2007; we were scrambling to get the vaccine for our HIV patients and prioritizing patients by CD4 count.

The current avian flu is a Eurasian strain of H5N1 closely related to the previous strain.

It is very low risk to humans (our patients were especially vulnerable) but can spread quickly among wildlife who then spread it to domestic animals. There is no risk to the food supply as cooking chicken and eggs kills the virus.

Much like Covid, infection control principles will be crucial to limit the spread. The USDA has published information on biosecurity, MA has put out a similar document.