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We aren't doing enough about the risk of bird flu – but we can

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The response in the United States to the H5N1 virus, also known as bird flu, has been inadequate. The virus has been spreading among animals in the country, with three cases reported in humans. Finland was able to stop H5N1 from spreading to humans by implementing rapid response measures and working closely with human and animal health officials. In contrast, the United States lacks sufficient testing and tracking, leading to uncertainty about the extent of the virus’s spread. Trust in the United States government is low, especially among rural Americans. Coordinated government responses, trust-building measures, and improved coordination between human and animal health agencies are needed to effectively address the H5N1 outbreak. It is crucial for countries to collaborate and respond effectively to prevent outbreaks from becoming epidemics.