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Does the H5N1 case in Texas raise the risk of a future pandemic?

News that a Texan had been infected with H5N1 bird flu on Monday added a worrying wrinkle to a global outbreak that is edging closer to humans. The patient was a dairy farmer and caught the virus from an infected cow, making them the second American to be infected after a person in Colorado in 2022. While there is no sign of person-to-person spread -- a development that would signal the start of a human epidemic -- experts say the ease with which the strain is jumping between species raise the risk of it evolving to infect us more easily.

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