Source: dvm 360

Several U.S. states, including Alabama, Arizona, and California, have imposed restrictions on domestic cattle importations from areas where highly pathogenic avian influenza virus (HPAI) has been detected, particularly avian influenza Type A H5H1. The virus has been confirmed in several states, with Texas having the highest number of cases in dairy herds. While the USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) isn’t implementing federal quarantines, they advise caution during cattle transportation to ensure only healthy animals are moved and valid health certificates are used.

APHIS continually updates guidance based on evolving information. Testing on cattle is voluntary, but aids disease management. Besides cattle, the virus has also affected cats, believed to be transmitted by wild birds. The World Health Organization advises avoiding contact with sick animals and their waste. Despite recovery in affected cattle, minimizing movement and not transporting sick animals is recommended.

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