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Bird flu found in North Carolina dairy cattle herd

Cows at Mountain View Dairy
Benjamin Garcia
Benjamin Garcia
File photo: Cows at Mountain View Dairy

Officials with the North Carolina Department of Agriculture say bird flu has been found in a herd of dairy cows in the state.

They did not say where the herd is located.

Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler said it’s an evolving situation, and they are waiting for more diagnostics from the National Veterinary Services Laboratory.

He said the department has spent spent years developing methods to handle Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza in poultry, but this is new and they are working with state and federal partners to develop protocols to handle this situation.

Troxler added that it’s important to note the FDA has no concern about the safety or availability of pasteurized milk products nationwide.”

HPAI has previously been detected in dairy herds in Texas, Kansas, Michigan, Idaho, New Mexico, and Ohio. Movement of cattle from affected herds in these states to North Carolina has been suspended.

Annette is originally a Midwest gal, born and raised in Michigan, but with career stops in many surrounding states, the Pacific Northwest, and various parts of the southeast. An award-winning journalist and mother of four, Annette moved to eastern North Carolina in 2019 to be closer to family – in particular, her two young grandchildren. It’s possible that a -27 day with a -68 windchill in Minnesota may have also played a role in that decision. In her spare time, Annette does a lot of kiddo cuddling, reading, and producing the coolest Halloween costumes anyone has ever seen. She has also worked as a diversity and inclusion facilitator serving school districts and large corporations. It’s the people that make this beautiful area special, and she wants to share those stories that touch the hearts of others. If you have a story idea to share, please reach out by email to westona@cravencc.edu.