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Avian ‘Super Flu’ Infecting America’s Cattle

Avian ‘Super Flu’ Infecting America’s Cattle

Milk from dairy cows in Texas and Kansas has tested positive for bird flu, and there are also reports of Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI) cases in Michigan and Idaho.

We have been following the reports of a super-charged strain of avian flu (i.e., “bird flu) sweeping across the globe. Northern California poultry farms had been hit hard, the elephant seal pup population in Venezuela was wiped out, the first penguin infections were reported, and two people were seriously infected by H5N1 in Cambodia.

Furthermore, research indicates the virus has mutated to target the brains of mammals.

Unfortunately for America’s dairy farmers and cattle ranchers, cases of the avian super flu are being seen among this nation’s cattle.

Milk from dairy cows in Texas and Kansas has tested positive for bird flu, U.S. officials said Monday.

Officials with the Texas Animal Health Commission confirmed the flu virus is the Type A H5N1 strain, known for decades to cause outbreaks in birds and to occasionally infect people. The virus is affecting older dairy cows in those states and in New Mexico, causing decreased lactation and low appetite.

It comes a week after officials in Minnesota announced that goats on a farm where there had been an outbreak of bird flu among poultry were diagnosed with the virus. It’s believed to be the first time bird flu — also known as highly pathogenic avian influenza — was found in U.S. livestock.

Bird flu has also been identified in a Michigan herd.

A herd of cows in Montcalm County have been infected with avian flu.

The cows originally came from Texas on March 17. The first cow got sick on March 20.

The infection will not impact milk supply, the Department said, as pasteurization kills the virus.

“There are measures in place to keep this type of thing from being a threat to the supply. measures both at the farm level in terms of keeping milk from unhealthy cows out of the milk supply but also at the processing level theres a pasteurization process that is keeping the milk safe so we don’t believe this is a threat to the safety of the milk supply,” said Director of the Bureau of Food Safety and Animal Health Tim Slawinski.

Reports are now using a new acronym for this strain of the bird flu: Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI). Cattle in Idaho have also been infected.

Idaho officials announced Thursday that avian flu was detected at a dairy cattle farm in Cassia County after the facility recently imported livestock from another state that had identified HPAI in cows. It did not provide details.

But in an interview, state veterinarian Scott Leibsle said avian flu was detected in the Idaho cattle after the farm imported cows from a Texas herd that had shown symptoms of HPAI.

“Cow-to-cow transmission is definitely playing a role in how this disease progresses. To what extent, we don’t know yet,” Leibsle said. It’s clear that infected wild birds spread the disease to herds in Texas and Kansas, he said. “But the herd of cattle that came up from Texas to Idaho, the birds didn’t follow,” the state veterinarian said.

This is the first time avian flu has been observed in cows.

“We have never seen avian influenza in dairy cows before,” said Erin Supak, director of communications for the animal health commission. “So we’re encouraging best management practices and enhanced biosecurity measures to be put in place and ensure the spread is not going to go farther than it already has.”

The avian flu is not known to be deadly to cows, and the infected cattle are expected to recover within a few days.

Experts say livestock appear to recover on their own within seven to 10 days. That’s different than bird flu outbreaks in poultry, which necessitate killing flocks to get rid of the virus.

Since 2022, outbreaks in have led to the loss of about 80 million birds in US commercial flocks. So far, the virus appears to be infecting about 10 percent of lactating dairy cows in the affected herds, said Michael Payne, a food animal veterinarian and and biosecurity expert with the University of California-Davis Western Institute for Food Safety and Security.

The US Department of Agriculture assures everyone the American milk supply is safe.

The USDA assured consumers that “there is no concern about the safety of the commercial milk supply or that this circumstance poses a risk to consumer health.”

“Dairies are required to send only milk from healthy animals into processing for human consumption; milk from impacted animals is being diverted or destroyed so that it does not enter the food supply,” the agency continued.

Plus, pasteurization is a requirement for milk sold in stores, which the agency reminded “has continually proven to inactivate bacteria and viruses, like influenza, in milk.”

Let’s hope these government experts are right, and human infection does not begin to occur in this country.


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rhhardin | April 1, 2024 at 11:07 am

“I’m just glad that cows can’t fly.”

Valerie | April 1, 2024 at 11:11 am

“Experts say livestock appear to recover on their own within seven to 10 days. That’s different than bird flu outbreaks in poultry, which necessitate killing flocks to get rid of the virus.”

Are they lying?

Other people who raise chickens advocate letting it run through an infected flock, and then enjoy the natural immunity of the survivors. That is exactly how large populations convert serious plagues into seasonal flus.

But if you kill off entire flocks in an effort to “stop” an avian flu, with wild vectors, you just delay natural immunity, at great cost and effort.

    TargaGTS in reply to Valerie. | April 1, 2024 at 11:34 am

    Excellent observation. Culling the herd/flock seems counterproductive considering everything we understand about evolution.

    gonzotx in reply to Valerie. | April 1, 2024 at 11:39 am

    You will eat bugs and you will like it!

    Even if we have to kill every mammal on the planet!

    (Except ours..signed globalist superiors )

    Lucifer Morningstar in reply to Valerie. | April 1, 2024 at 8:43 pm

    They’re lying. They are just waiting to make the announcement that unfortunately millions of head of cattle will have to be slaughtered and their carcasses destroyed due to infection with the avian flu. Of course, that will mean a huge shortage of meat and meat products which will drive to there prices of even hamburger beyond the reach of the common people and necessitate our consumption of bugs, worms and pseudo-meat products (Soylent Green is made of people!) in line with the liberal climate crisis agenda.

    Or something like that . . . because you know it’s gonna happen.

Is it “The avian flu is deadly to cows,” — or “the infected cattle are expected to recover within a few days.”

Not easy to get information from the internet these days.

    henrybowman in reply to Aion. | April 1, 2024 at 11:33 am

    Maybe like COVID — the weak get culled, the rest get stronger.

    Having grown up on a dairy farm, I can testify that cows can drop over dead for the oddest reasons. Not as bad as sheep, who stupid themselves to death, or horses, who literally can die from eating a bug in the alfalfa, but the vet is an important part of dairy operations. (And vets have to be more skilled than human doctors because their patients can’t talk to say how they feel). Grade A Dairy is very much a fight against dirt/bugs/infections that goes on every day.

      Sailorcurt in reply to georgfelis. | April 1, 2024 at 12:30 pm

      “Not as bad as sheep, who stupid themselves to death”

      Having been raised on a farm where we raised our own sheep (and I still love eating lamb by the way) I have always contended that sheep are among the stupidest animals on the planet…but I’ve never heard it put quite that way.

      Well Played.

Dolce Far Niente | April 1, 2024 at 11:25 am

Avian flu may (or may not) be highly pathogenic, but a fact that goes unremarked is that it is transmitted from the fecal matter of wild waterfowl ON THE FEET of humans workers to commercial flocks.

You may not be able to keep it out of backyard flocks, but commercial flocks should all be using very simple, easy to set up biosecurity methods. used in every food or dairy plant in this country. The fact that they are not rather indicates to me that the the majority of workers in these plants are non-English speaking illegals, to whom it is difficult if not impossible to impart the need for sanitary regulations.. I speak from direct experience.

Diversity is such a strength//

    healthguyfsu in reply to Dolce Far Niente. | April 1, 2024 at 12:26 pm

    I’m not saying you’re totally wrong but….

    All soil is contaminated with fecal matter…even your own backyard, regardless of pets.

    If we want free range grass-fed animals, this will be a by-product. You are right that methods can be undertaken to help mitigate the risk, though.

“We have never seen avian influenza in dairy cows before,”
Well, they’ve never played with it in Wuhan before.

healthguyfsu | April 1, 2024 at 12:24 pm

“The infection will not impact milk supply, the Department said, as pasteurization kills the virus.”

Unless cows start dying. It’s also a jump to a more biosimilar species than birds.

smooth | April 1, 2024 at 12:30 pm

Cows need to mask up if they go outside the barn.

Gee whiz… More BS from the Nazi fearmongers. I want to see the unredacted data. If the Nazi fearmongers can’t produce it, they can shut up.

In other news,

The WEF wants to enforce their public ban on meat and meat products by releasing viral plagues to get what they want.

Breakaway Books | April 1, 2024 at 5:49 pm

Straight outta Wuhan.

Roy in Nipomo | April 1, 2024 at 8:23 pm

This news is just a reminder that this is election season.

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