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Understanding the Bird Flu Outbreak in Cattle: What You Can Do

The recent detection of bird flu in dairy cattle in North Carolina is raising concerns about the potential spread of the virus among mammals, including humans.

Scientists are monitoring the situation to better understand how the virus is spreading. And, what its potential impact can be.

Unlike typical respiratory illnesses associated in with mammalian species. The virus is not presenting as a respiratory disease in cattle. Instead, it appears to be spreading through some form of "mechanical transmission." It is possible trasmission occurs during the milking process. High concentrations of the virus are found in the milk.

While the virus has not shown significant changes, scientists are monitoring its evolution. There are certain genetic markers that could show the virus is adapting to better infect mammals. For the virus to become a widespread threat to humans, it needs to become more efficient at air transmission, like the flu.

Most cases of bird flu in humans happem during direct contact with infected animals. Especially during processes that aerosolize the virus, such as slaughtering chickens. There is concern that the virus could evolve to bind more to human upper respiratory tract receptors. This will cause easier transmission.

It's likely that many mammals, including dairy cattle, are becoming infected through consuming infected birds or exposure to contaminated environments. It's still unclear what is driving transmission in certain instances.

To ensure the spread of the new form of bird flu does not affect you, your farm or property; take action. Bird control products deterrent products such as sonic units, AviAngle, pond netting or grid wire are great solutions to keep birds away from livestock.

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While there is still limited evidence for airborne transmission of bird flu, it's essential to remain vigilant. Take preventive measures to reduce the risk of infection. Bird control products will help prevent direct contact between humans and birds. Thus, reducing the likelihood of transmission. Call AviAway at 844-247-3373. We can work together to mitigate the spread of bird flu and protect public health.


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