HPAI detected at Ohio dairy

The Ohio Department of Agriculture says a dairy in the northern-central part of the state has tested presumptive positive for highly pathogenic avian influenza. Confirmation is still pending from the USDA’s National Veterinary Services Laboratory.   If confirmed, this would be the third state to receive dairy cows from Texas farms that have tested positive for the virus.

The operation, located in Wood County (the north-central part of the state), received cows in early March from one of the Texas dairies that have since tested positive for HPAI.  The Ohio operation notified the state’s animal health officials when dairy cows started exhibiting signs of illness.  HPAI has been confirmed in dairies located in Texas, Idaho, New Mexico, and Michigan. There has been no confirmed death loss in dairy cattle directly attributed to HPAI and most sick cows begin to recover within a few days.

Federal agencies continue to investigate the emerging illness. No milk or products from sick or infected animals enter the food supply.

According to the Food and Drug Administration and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there is no concern for food safety, and the public health risk remains low.

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