Raw Milk: Potential Bird Flu Vector, New Study Reveals

What was being touted online as a health elixir to fend off woes such as asthma, raw milk has now become the target of a new study out of The New England Journal of Medicine, suggesting it could be a vector for the next pandemic.

On Friday, the Journal published a letter to the editor from a cohort of scientists. In their letter, the scientists detailed that the “highly pathogenic avian influenza virus (HPAI) of the H5N1 subtype was for the first time detected in nasal swabs and milk of dairy cows” in late March 2024.

Conducting an experiment, the researchers fed inoculated mice a sample of untreated raw milk. The mice showed signs of lethargy but nonetheless survived. They were then euthanized, and their organs were studied for signs of infection. 

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