Bird flu detected in meat from dairy cows used for hamburgers 

Bird flu detected in meat from dairy cows used for hamburgers 

Traces of bird flu have been found in the tissue of meat from a dairy cow sent to slaughter at an American meat processing factory, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) said on Friday.

The USDA reported that the meat from the tested animals has not entered the food supply.

In the United States, more tests are being done at meat processing facilities and dairy farms following a bird flu outbreak among dairy cows. 

Older dairy cows are often slaughtered, and their meat is used to make hamburgers.

From Cow to Human

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) previously reported finding bird flu virus particles in pasteurized milk samples from stores.

Since 2020, the avian influenza virus has spread globally among various animal species, including seals, polar bears, cats, red foxes, and humans.

Earlier this year, the virus was also detected in American dairy cows. Since then, the number of infections among dairy cow farms in the US has steadily increased. 

So far, the USDA has confirmed bird flu at 58 dairy farms across nine states.

Transmission from cows to humans is also possible. The first such case happened in late March when bird flu was detected in a farm worker in Texas. The patient experienced eye symptoms and has since recovered.

On Thursday, a dairy farmer in Michigan was also diagnosed. This patient also had mild eye symptoms and has since recovered. 

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