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Highly pathogenic bird flu detected in Wyoming dairy herd – Sheridan Media

Highly pathogenic bird flu has been detected in a dairy cattle herd in Wyoming. Sheridan Media’s Ron Richter has the details.

The Wyoming Livestock Board and the Wyoming Department of Agriculture have received confirmation from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Veterinary Services Laboratory of the detection of highly pathogenic avian influenza in a Wyoming dairy herd. The detection was first identified in samples received by the Wyoming State Veterinary Laboratory. This is the first confirmed case of HPAI on a Wyoming dairy farm.

Symptoms of HPAI in cattle include a decrease in milk production, loss of appetite, changes in manure consistency, thickened or colostrum-like milk, and low-grade fever. Producers are encouraged to practice good biosecurity on their farms, such as limiting visitor numbers and excluding wild birds or animals from the dairy. Dairies must ensure that only milk from healthy animals enters the food chain. Additionally, the pasteurization process of heating milk to a high temperature ensures that milk and dairy products are safe to consume, as confirmed by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). There are currently no concerns about the safety of the commercial milk supply or whether this condition poses a risk to consumer health. The Wyoming Livestock Board and the Wyoming Department of Agriculture have and will continue to work with federal and state partners to monitor this emerging problem.

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