First-Ever: H5N1 Bird Flu Detected in Alpacas

H5N1 Bird Flu Detected in Alpacas
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United States: Alpacas have been found to have bird flu for the first time, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) reported recently. According to the reports this has been reported for the very time as this bird flu found in Alpacas, it started from a long way back from the birds, though health experts are very much concerned about  this as there are chances of human transmission as well.

Alpacas Test Positive for H5N1 Virus Linked to Infected Chickens

The positive animals came from an Idaho farm where chickens that tested positive for the H5N1 virus were killed in May. The National Veterinary Services Laboratories (NVSL) of the USDA announced in a news release that the alpacas’ test results were positive on May 16.

The NVSL further stated that it “has confirmed that the viral genome sequence for these samples is the same sequence currently circulating in dairy cattle… which is consistent with sequences from the depopulated poultry on this premises.”

USDA’s National Veterinary Services Laboratories Confirm Findings

The discovery of fresh defiled creatures on the same ranch as the polluted catcalls was not shocking, according to the USDA.

The Alpaca Owners Association reports that around 264,000 alpacas are registered in the United States.

Elaboration of H5N1 Virus Beyond Birds Raises enterprises

The H5N1 contagion has been studied by scientists for about 20 times. It has substantially affected catcalls at that time.

However, over the last two years, the virus has been affecting a larger variety of wild and domesticated mammals, which has sparked worries that it might develop into a virus that spreads readily between people, according to CNN.

Limited Human Cases Prompt Vigilance

Over the years, human cases have been verified worldwide, including three in the US; however, no reports of person-to-person transmission have been made in relation to the ongoing dairy cow outbreak.