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Mice experienced high levels of bird flu after being given raw milk: study

Mice experienced high levels of bird flu after being given raw milk: study

Mice experienced high levels of bird flu after being given raw milk, according to a new study published on Friday amid warnings from public health officials to refrain from drinking the unpasteurized dairy product. Researchers from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and Texas A&M Veterinary Medical Diagnostic Laboratory gave droplets of raw milk from cows that […]

How fast is bird flu spreading in US cows? ‘We have no idea’

How fast is bird flu spreading in US cows? ‘We have no idea’

Avian flu is spreading rapidly among cattle, but public health and infectious disease experts are concerned the United States is too limited in its testing, leaving an incomplete picture of the virus’s spread.   The threat to the general public is currently low, health officials say, and the country’s milk supply is safe. Just one person […]

Officials pledge reimbursements for dairy farms impacted by avian flu

Officials pledge reimbursements for dairy farms impacted by avian flu

Federal officials on Friday pledged to reimburse farmers for some of the costs associated with keeping their herds protected from an outbreak of the avian flu virus that’s rapidly spreading among dairy cows.  The funding includes up to $28,000 over the next 120 days to help individual farms test cattle and bolster biosecurity efforts to […]

Agriculture Department testing beef for bird flu virus

Agriculture Department testing beef for bird flu virus

The Department of Agriculture (USDA) is testing beef for a bird flu virus following the infections of cattle in multiple states, though it says it remains confident the country’s meat supply is safe. The agency is doing three studies related to bird flu in dairy cattle, one in which they sample ground beef at retail […]

Bird flu virus traces found in 1 in 5 samples of pasteurized milk: FDA

Bird flu virus traces found in 1 in 5 samples of pasteurized milk: FDA

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has found that about 1 in 5 samples of retail milk contain traces of highly contagious bird flu, though these findings may not be indicative of an infectious risk to consumers. In an update published this week, the FDA shared some takeaways from its nationally representative commercial milk sampling […]

Bird flu virus detected in pasteurized milk: FDA

Bird flu virus detected in pasteurized milk: FDA

Particles of bird flu were detected in some samples of pasteurized milk, though the virus in that form is not a threat to humans, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced Tuesday. As a bird flu epidemic spreads through avian and cattle livestock across the country, the FDA increased testing of domestic milk supplies. Some […]

CDC issues bird flu infection health alert

CDC issues bird flu infection health alert

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued a health alert Friday to inform healthcare centers and the public of a confirmed human infection of the bird flu. A farm worker on a commercial dairy farm in Texas developed conjunctivitis, commonly known as pink eye, on March 27 and then tested positive for the […]

Second bird flu case confirmed in human in US: What to know

Second bird flu case confirmed in human in US: What to know

Federal authorities are downplaying the public health risk after the second ever case of a human contracting the “highly pathogenic” bird flu in the United States was confirmed in Texas on Monday.  The infected man was exposed while he worked as a dairy worker, the Texas Department of State Health Services said. The person had […]