What is avian flu found in sickened dairy cows? USDA claims beef safe to eat

The US Department of Agriculture has discovered the virus during the testing of 96 cows.

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Bird flu in beef from a sickened dairy cow sounds alarming! It's unusual since bird flu typically affects poultry rather than cattle. According to a recent update from the US Department of Agriculture, the officials have detected the bird flu in the beef for the first time, but claimed that meat from a single sickened dairy cow was not allowed to enter the nation’s food supply and beef remains safe to eat.

According to the USDA, the virus was discovered during the testing of 96 dairy cows that were pulled out of the supply after routine carcass inspections at meat processing facilities. Federal inspectors revealed symptoms of sickness of the cows, just one had bird flu.

Concerns over the virus's possible mode of transmission and potential risks to humans and other animals are raised by the discovery of avian flu in beef. It emphasizes how crucial it is to keep an eye out for and manage animal diseases to stop possible outbreaks and safeguard food safety.

Before this in 2022, the flu was last detected in dairy cattle herds in nine states, which was found in milk and has prompted the slaughter of millions of chickens and turkeys.

Meanwhile, the agencies have started investigating the same.

What is Avian flu?

Avian flu, also known as bird flu, is a type of influenza virus that primarily infects birds. There are many different strains of avian influenza virus, but some of them can also infect humans and other animals.

Avian flu viruses are categorized into two main types: low pathogenic avian influenza (LPAI) and highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI). LPAI typically causes mild illness or no noticeable symptoms in birds, while HPAI can cause severe illness and is often contagious and deadly in Poultry.

When avian flu viruses infect humans, they can cause a range of symptoms, from mild respiratory illness to severe respiratory distress and even death in some cases. Human infections usually occur through direct contact with infected birds or their droppings, or contact with surfaces contaminated with the virus.