Outbreak of H5N2 Influenza in Midwest

Since December, H5N2—a highly pathogenic influenza strain—has spread to 21 states, affecting over 48 million chickens and turkeys. The virus has not affected the public or food safety in New Jersey or elsewhere on the East Coast. H5N2 does not pose a threat to humans and no cases of the illness have been reported among individuals exposed to diseased birds.