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Sen. Gillibrand urges White House to act as Avian Flu cases rise

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Senator Kirsten Gillibrand has called on the White House to address the increasing number of avian flu cases. Last month, the CDC confirmed the first transmission of bird flu to humans via dairy cows in the U.S.


Although the risk of transmission to humans remains low, Gillibrand expressed concerns about potential economic impacts. “Already, avian flu has driven up egg prices, and many farmers across the country have been forced to kill their livestock,” she stated during a Tuesday press conference. “A wider spread of the disease in New York could be catastrophic to our local and state economies. We need to act immediately to strengthen our public health workforce and foster greater coordination between agricultural, environmental, and public health systems.”

Currently, there have been no reports of avian flu in dairy cows in New York.