Bird flu found in wild birds in China and dairy cows in US 

Bird flu found in wild birds in China and more dairy cows in US 

Cases of bird flu have been confirmed among wild birds in western China and dairy cows in the United States (US), raising new concerns about the spread of the virus. 

According to China’s Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs, 275 cases of bird flu were detected among dead Pallas’s gulls and other wild birds in two counties in Qinghai province.

Bird flu, also known as avian influenza, is a viral infection that was initially confined to birds. However, in the past year, the virus has been detected in a wide range of species. It has killed sea lions, cats, polar bears, penguins, seals, red foxes, humans, and cows. 

This alarming trend indicates that the disease is no longer limited to bird populations. The H5N1 strain, in particular, is known for its high mortality rate.

In the US, an outbreak of H5N1 bird flu has been affecting dairy cows in at least nine states since late March. Fifty-one dairy cow herds have been affected. The US government announced that it would spend nearly $200 million to combat the outbreak. 

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