Highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) detected in Texas and Kansas dairy cattle

March 28, 2024

Dear UMN-VDL clients and stakeholders,

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently announced that highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) was detected in samples from adult dairy cows in Texas and Kansas (https://www.aphis.usda.gov/aphis/newsroom/news/sa_by_date/sa-2024/hpai-cattle). As of today, there have been no reports of any positive cases in Minnesota. This is a rapidly evolving situation, and USDA and federal and state partners will continue to share additional updates as soon as information becomes available.  

The University of Minnesota Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory (UMN-VDL) is committed to helping veterinarians and farmers with their diagnostic testing needs and helping to answer questions as they arise. Veterinarians and cattle producers with questions regarding animal sampling or diagnostic testing are encouraged contact the UMN-VDL by phone (612-625-8787), or email ([email protected]). 

Additional information on this emerging situation and recommended biosecurity practice has been provided by the University of Minnesota Extension and is available at this website: https://extension.umn.edu/news/highly-pathogenic-avian-influenza-hpai-identified-texas-and-kansas-dairy-cattle