HPAI testing encouraged on dairies

HPAI testing encouraged on dairies

A dairy specialist is encouraging farmers to participate in testing for possible H5N1 Influenza A outbreaks and increase worker precautions.

Michigan State University Extension’s Phil Durst tells Brownfield data collected will provide long-term benefits.  

“The health and safety of workers is important and so a lot of farmers have taken the opportunity to talk with the workers about the risks, how wearing personal protective equipment, PPE, can maybe prevent infection.”

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says while the risk of the virus to the general public remains low, people in contact with infected birds, cows, other animals, or raw milk are at greatest risk.

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