Inactive Avian Flu Fragments Discovered in Commercially Sold Milk


Avian flu fragments have been found in the milk supply across the US, a sign that the virus is more widespread in the dairy cow population than initially known. So far only inactive bits of the virus have been detected. The United Stated Department of Agriculture (USDA) is completing tests that will determine if live virus is also present in the milk. While an inactive virus is incapable of infecting humans, a live Avian Flu virus poses some risk. In an attempt to prevent a public health crisis, the USDA has mandated that all dairy cows passing through state borders be tested for bird flu. The new rule requires all cows that are actively producing milk to test negative before moving across state lines. If the cow tests positive, herd owners must submit data on the movements of the infected herd, allowing investigators to monitor the disease.