There have been no bird flu infections reported among humans in the U.S.

According to the CDC, the current bird flu viruses have only resulted in one reported human infection globally. In Jan. 2022, a person from the U.K. was infected after raising birds that had come down with bird flu viruses, but the individual exhibited no symptoms. There have been no bird flu infections reported in the U.S. so far. "Right now, the H5N1 bird flu situation is primarily an animal health issue," the CDC said in a March 7 statement.

"Based on past experience with earlier H5N1 bird flu viruses—and what is known about this group of viruses from existing epidemiologic and genetic sequence data—CDC believes the health risk to the general public is low," Kate Grusich, a spokesperson for the CDC, added in a statement to NBC News.

But experts warn that this could always change.

While the risk to the general public is thought to be low, the CDC has warned that if you are more likely to be exposed to birds—whether from your job or recreational pursuits—you could be at higher risk of infection. According to the agency, there are more than 140 people in the U.S. at this time who have had bird flu exposure from infected birds or poultry, and have been or are currently being monitored to see if they contract the virus.

Due to this and the potential for the situation to change, the CDC said it is "taking routine preparedness and prevention measures in case this virus changes to pose a greater human health risk." After all, continued spread of the virus among birds could give it more of a chance to mutate and become more of an issue to humans—like COVID.

"New strains of influenza that are introduced to the human population and can cause global pandemics often originate from these animal sources, in particular birds," William Schaffner, MD, an infectious diseases expert at the Vanderbilt University Medical Center, told NBC News. "There is a risk that some of these bird flu strains may pick up the genetic capacity to infect humans."