Source: Reuters

The U.S. Department of Agriculture confirmed avian flu in milk samples from sick cattle in Kansas and Texas, but assured the public of the safety of the milk supply. The virus, typically affecting birds, has now reached mammals. Investigations are ongoing in Kansas, Texas, and New Mexico where dairy cows exhibited symptoms. Samples from two Kansas and one Texas dairy farms, as well as a cattle swab from another Texas dairy, tested positive.

Wild birds likely introduced the virus to cattle in Texas. However, the risk of human infection is low, and measures are in place to prevent contaminated milk from entering the food supply. Despite concerns, the USDA stated there should be no impact on milk prices or other dairy products, while U.S. dairy industry groups urged against import restrictions on U.S. dairy products.

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