Ohio reports first avian flu outbreak among dairy herd

The avian flu spread to an Ohio dairy farm for the first time.

Ohio had never reported a case of the flu, which is typically hosted by birds, in any of its livestock operations, according to the state’s Department of Agriculture. On Thursday, it confirmed that infected cows from Texas arrived in the state on March 8.

When Texas reported cases of avian flu among two of its dairy herds on Mar. 25, it led to the testing of the cows it transported. As a result, more cases were discovered in Kansas, Idaho, New Mexico, and Michigan.

While the flu is deadly for poultry, cows can typically recover after a few days. However, due to a lack of research on its transmission via cow’s milk, infected cows are out of commission until they are deemed healthy.

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