Bird flu virus detected in cow's milk in US, warns WHO – El Financiero

Bird flu virus detected in cow's milk in US, warns WHO – El Financiero

The World Health Organization (WHO) is sounding the alarm By the H5N1 avian flu virus, it has been increasingly detected in mammals and even recently Found in the milk of cattle and goats of America. A fact that could put the health of thousands of families at risk.

The head of the WHO Global Prevention Program, Zhang Wenqing, explained after the discovery Ensuring “Food Safety Practices” is very important.such as the exclusive consumption of pasteurized milk products.”

WHO is closely monitoring cases of bird flu in the United States, which began on April 1 when a case of H5N1 was reported in a dairy farm worker in Texas.

The officer pointed out Bird flu risk is on the riseWHO is therefore conducting a re-evaluation of the HSN1 virus in coordination with the World Organization for Animal Health (WHO) and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO).

“In recent outbreaks, cases of transmission from birds to cattle or from cows to each other have also been recorded (…), which suggests that the virus is finding different routes than previously known,” Zhang explained.

Fortunately Cases of bird flu in humans are rareHowever, the WHO remains alert to possible evolutions of the virus that allow it to spread between people. This fact makes this disease epidemic because the mortality rate is very high; More than 50 percent of bird flu cases are fatal.


Official Zhang recalled that since 2020 there has been a “exponential growth” in the number of bird infections. Despite the growing adaptation of the virus to these species of animals, even more mammals such as seals, sea lions and foxes are infected.

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In addition, bird flu cases in cows and goats are “another step in the spread of the virus to mammals,” so Preventive measures should be applied to workers of farms.

“We request all countries to be vigilant. Promptly report human infections Share sequencing and other data, if any, and strengthen biosecurity measures on farms,” the WHO expert concluded.

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