Source: High Plains Journal

The U.S. Department of Agriculture, Food and Drug Administration, and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have detected highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) virus in laboratory samples from older dairy cows in Texas, Kansas, and New Mexico. This is the first time HPAI has been found in dairy cattle and only the second time in a ruminant. While the investigation is ongoing, findings suggest progress in identifying a cause.

There are no current safety concerns regarding dairy and meat products, as standard practices and pasteurization ensure safety. Cattle owners are advised to monitor their animals closely for signs of disease, with reduced feed intake and milk production being early indicators. Prompt reporting of illness to veterinarians is urged. State and federal agencies are conducting additional testing and sequencing to understand the situation, with collaboration from Veterinary organizations and officials.

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