Forbes May 24, 2024
Dave Wessner

Untreated milk containing the avian influenza virus H5N1 can cause disease in mice, according to a study published on Friday. The scientists also reported that infectious virus remains detectable in raw milk for up to five weeks. Additionally, heat-treatment of milk significantly reduces the concentration of infectious virus, but does not eliminate it.

Since March, federal, state, and local officials have been monitoring the spread of avian flu among cattle in the United States. The virus thus far has been detected in 58 herds in nine states, according to data provided by U. S. Department of Agriculture. The first reported transmission of this virus from cattle to a human occurred in April. A second presumed case of cattle-to-human transmission was...

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