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In March, cattle ranchers in the US states of Texas, Kansas and New Mexico noticed something disturbing. Something was wrong with her cows, they looked sick. Some of the animals gave less milk than usual, the milk was thicker, and the animals appeared to have lost their appetite. A few days later it was clear: they had contracted the bird flu virus H5N1 Experts detected it in their milk and, in one case, in a throat swab. Since then, more and more farmers in the United States have reported cases of infection in their herds. Recently, the American authorities found Genetic effects of the virus in pasteurized milk From the supermarket. New samples indicate The outbreak is likely to be largerwhich the official figures indicate.