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Avian Flu Detected in Idaho Cattle Poses Dairy Production Risk

USA 02.04.2024
Source: The DairyNews
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The Idaho State Department of Agriculture has issued a cautionary advisory to dairy producers following the identification of highly pathogenic avian influenza in a dairy cattle operation in Cassia County on Thursday.
Avian Flu Detected in Idaho Cattle Poses Dairy Production Risk
This marks the first occurrence of the virus within a livestock operation in Idaho, as stated in a press release by the department. Investigations reveal that the affected facility had recently imported cattle from a state with confirmed cases of the virus in cattle, indicating a potential transmission from cow to cow. Additionally, reports suggest that cattle may contract the virus from infected birds.

Primarily, the disease is linked with reduced milk production, which is of utmost concern to the department, according to the press release.

Dairy producers are urged to promptly contact their local veterinarian upon observing symptoms such as a drop in milk production, loss of appetite, changes in manure consistency, thickened or colostrum-like milk, low-grade fever, among others.

Highly pathogenic avian influenza is a reportable disease, and veterinarians suspecting cases in livestock are required to notify the Idaho State Department of Agriculture immediately via phone at 208-332-8540 or through online virus screening procedures.

In response, the department advises livestock facilities to bolster their biosecurity protocols. Comprehensive biosecurity resources are available on the department's website.

Importantly, there is currently no cause for concern regarding the safety of the commercial milk supply or its impact on consumer health, reassures the department. The pasteurization process, involving heating milk to high temperatures, ensures the safety of dairy products for consumption, in accordance with guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
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