US Livestock Hit by Highly Pathogenic Bird Flu Outbreak

By
Tatiana Kozlova
1 min read

Bird Flu Flare-Up Hits US Livestock; Texas Egg Farm Shuts Down

The highly pathogenic bird flu has spread to US cattle for the first time, affecting dairy herds in at least five states and prompting increased monitoring and biosecurity measures. The affected livestock also include a Texas egg farm, with over 1 million birds culled. Additionally, a person in Texas has tested positive for the virus after coming into contact with infected dairy cows.

Key Takeaways:

  • Highly pathogenic bird flu detected in US cattle for the first time, affecting dairy herds in five states and a Texas egg farm
  • Person in Texas tests positive for bird flu after contact with infected cows
  • Over 82 million commercial and backyard birds have died in the US due to the virus, leading to increases in egg and poultry prices

Analysis:

The outbreak highlights the continued risk of influenza viruses mixing and potentially sparking new strains that could pose a threat to humans. However, current research suggests the risk to the public remains low, with no mutations indicating increased infectiousness to humans.

Do You Know?

  • Highly pathogenic bird flu, or HPAI, can lead to genetic reassortment, potentially creating new strains with the potential to spark outbreaks or pandemics in humans.
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