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Illinois officials monitoring HPAI situation

Illinois officials are closely monitoring cases of highly pathogenic avian influenza that continue to pop up in dairy cattle across the country.

Tasha Bunting, director of commodity programs at the Illinois Farm Bureau, says no cases have been diagnosed in the state…

“Our animal health officials are tracking that information, getting briefings from USDA and other animal health agencies to ensure they have the most up-to-date information that they can then share with our dairy producers who can make changes on their own farm,” she says.

She tells Brownfield there are currently no restrictions on dairy cattle movement in the state…

“That is certainly something that could change depending on how the virus might pop up in more areas or what we start seeing from some of our surrounding states,” she says.

Bunting says dairy producers should closely monitor their herds…

“The things to be looking out for is a drop in production, maybe some slight fever, animals going off of feed,” she says.  “So all animal health monitoring programs and tools that they have available to them would certainly help in this situation.”

Federal agencies continue to investigate the emerging illness.  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.

AUDIO: Tasha Bunting – IL Farm Bureau

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