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Sen. Gillibrand, health experts urge White House to share info on Avian flu

May 20, 2024 Brooklyn Eagle Staff
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STATEWIDE — THE CONFIRMED SPREAD OF AVIAN FLU to humans from cattle, and the spike in livestock cases nationwide have prompted U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) to urge the White House to share its coordination efforts to control the outbreak and prepare for a potential further spread. Joining Senator Gillibrand in the Monday, May 20, press conference in New York City were physicians and public health experts, including Dr. Brendan Carr, chief executive officer of the Mount Sinai Health System, who spoke about his hospitals’ newly-launched Center for Healthcare Readiness. Sen. Gillibrand is calling on the White House Office of Pandemic Preparedness and Response Policy to share information regarding its role in coordinating amongst federal agencies to continue to provide the public and state agencies with the most current and accurate information on the spread of Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI), also known as H5N1.

While Avian flu has not yet been detected in New York’s dairy herds, Gillibrand wants to proactively halt its potential spread to the state’s large dairy industry.

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