Friday, July 19, 2024

A watchful eye remains on AI and cattle to control spread

By Elizabeth Bobenhausen Poultry Times staff ebobenhausen@poultrytimes.com

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GAINESVILLE, Ga. — Avian influenza or bird flu has been on the mind of every cattle farmer since late March. While bird flu is predominantly found in poultry and other wild fowl, the disease has jumped from birds to cattle. The USDA stated in a report, “wild birds, an early vector of the virus, do not appear to be spreading the virus from herd to herd or to poultry farms.”

Reuters has reported that 120 dairy herds in 12 states have tested positive for bird flu. Three dairy farm employees contracted the virus. One person had symptoms of conjunctivitis or pink. . .

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