The Minnesota Department of Health's first-ever such study finds high disparities among Indigenous, Black persons, with most deaths in the months following giving birth associated but not related to pregnancy.
Johnson, 65, is a member of the Bois Forte Band of Chippewa who lives in Duluth. He retired last month as the University of Minnesota's first senior director of American Indian Tribal Nations relations.
Regardless of how bad individual years are, the Minnesota Department of Health is not as concerned with year-to-year trends as it is concerned with the big picture over time, said agency tick disease specialist Elizabeth Schiffman.
Avian flu has hit wild waterfowl and commercial bird populations hard, but data is thin when it comes to songbird transmissions. Due to that, the University of Minnesota Raptor Center is advising people to take down backyard bird feeders and bird baths while the virus is circulating.