Avian influenza detected in South Dakota dairy herd

Bird flu has been detected in a dairy cattle in South Dakota.

The South Dakota Department of Agriculture and the Animal Industry Board have received confirmation from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Veterinary Services Laboratory that they detected highly pathogenic avian influenza in a dairy cattle herd in the state. The location has not been released.

The South Dakota Dairy Producers encourage all dairy producers to closely monitor their herd and contact their veterinarian immediately if cattle appear symptomatic.

Dairies are required to ensure only milk from healthy animals enters the food supply chain. Additionally, pasteurization ensures milk and dairy products can be safely consumed. At this stage, there is no concern about the safety of the commercial milk supply or risk to consumer health.

The bird flu has also been detected in cattle in seven other states.


April 12, 2024