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Confirmation that a dangerous form of bird flu is circulating among U.S. dairy cattle has raised questions among dairy producers — and consumers — on both sides of the border.

Dairy and beef farmers are implementing biosecurity measures to keep H5N1 out of their herds, while Canadians are understandably concerned about what these outbreaks could mean for food safety.

So what is the scope of these dairy cattle outbreaks, and how is Canada impacted? And is it safe to consume milk and other dairy products? 

What’s happening with the U.S. bird flu outbreaks?

In the last week, American officials have identified highly pathogenic avian influenza, or H5N1 bird flu, in roughly a dozen dairy cattle herds across six states: Idaho, Kansas, Michigan, New Mexico, Ohio, and Texas. 

Scientists told CBC News it appears to be the first time H5N1 has infected cows. But the outbreaks weren’t entirely unexpected. Bird flu exploded globally two years ago, and numerous wild and domestic animal species have been infected, including chickens, goats, and other farmed …

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