Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI) is a virus that can infect both domestic poultry and wild birds. However, research has shown that mammals such as dairy cattle can contract the Avian flu virus if they come into contact with infected birds or contaminated materials. Older cattle are more susceptible to infection and may exhibit symptoms such as fever, reduced appetite, and reduced milk production quality and quantity. Fortunately, infected cattle usually recover within 2-3 weeks.

According to USDA, FDA, and CDC reports, the Avian Flu has been found in unpasteurized milk from affected herds. However, the reports indicate that the US dairy supply is safe and free from contamination. Dairy producers must exclude milk from human consumption if it is sourced from an unhealthy animal.

A robust cleaning and sanitation program can help prevent the spread of HPAIv. To ensure the safety of employees and products, Nelson-Jameson offers a range of protective equipment such as personal protective gear, respirators, outerwear, boots, and sanitizers.