They Want THIS Type of Milk?!

( – In an effort to gain immunity from the H5N1 avian flu virus, raw milk advocates are taking extreme measures by consuming contaminated and unpasteurized cow’s milk.

Raw Milk Institute founder Mark McAfee said he was surprised at the surge of requests he has received about the matter. “Customers asking for H5N1 milk because they want immunity from it,” McAfee revealed.

This trend disregards a century of scientific evidence supporting pasteurization, which has the ability to eliminate harmful pathogens.

Nevertheless, some raw milk fans are searching for these dangerous products under the belief that they might boost their immune systems.

This approach is particularly risky given the limited understanding of the H5N1 virus’ behavior, especially its newer form affecting dairy cows first identified in the U.S. in March.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has noted infections in mammals globally. Though the risk to the general public remains low, the virus has the potential to cause human infections due to animal exposure.

The CDC explicitly warns against consuming raw milk as a method to contract the virus, an action health experts deemed as dangerously naive.

“Deliberating consuming raw milk in the hope of becoming immune to avian influenza is playing Russian roulette with your health,” stated UC Davis researcher Michael Payne. “Deliberately trying to infect yourself with a known pathogen flies in the face of all medical knowledge and common sense.”

Although the virus was detected in 36 dairy herds across nine states, there is no evidence to suggest that the virus survives in pasteurized milk.

The only human infection noted was a mild case involving a dairy worker in Texas who had symptoms limited to conjunctivitis.

Boston University environmental epidemiologist Jessica Leibler warned that each new mammalian host increases the potential for human transmission.

Highlighting the potential danger of raw milk, research has already indicated the virus’ threat, as other mammals like barn cats in Texas and Kansas were found dead from the virus.

“Every time it gets a new mammalian host species, like cows, there’s more risk of human transmission and reduced human immunity,” Leibler explained to Nature.

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