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For the first time in history, cows were infected with a deadly virus

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So far, the virus has been reported in 48 mammal species, including foxes, skunks, raccoons, seals and polar bears.

Avian influenza (H5N1) has become a deadly threat to cattle in the United States. Live Science writes about it.

The scientists collected samples of unpasteurized milk and also took throat and nasal swabs from cows on dairy farms. Unfortunately, the test results were positive, making this the second known case of infection in ruminants in the States.

Cattle have been infected with bird flu on farms in Texas and Kansas in what is believed to be the first known case in the US and the world. In addition, the virus has also reached farms in New Mexico, but scientists are still waiting for test results to say for sure. It all started three weeks ago when the cows had a cold and the farm workers noticed that the animals produced less milk, their appetite and they seemed lifeless, so we collected samples of milk and swabs from the throats and noses of animals. . “After the analysis it was confirmed that the cattle on the farms were infected with the H5N1 strain of highly pathogenic influenza, according to data from the Texas Animal Health Commission,” experts said.

Previous research has shown that the strain is highly contagious and spreads easily among animals, with outbreaks previously reported in wild and domestic birds, as well as livestock worldwide.

We remind you that earlier the police closed the criminal case of raping a cow.

The court sentenced the man who dragged the pregnant cow behind the tractor
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