Avian flu case discovered in a flock of chickens in southern Wisconsin | local government

Avian flu has been confirmed in a commercial chicken farm in Wisconsin, the US Department of Agriculture announced Monday.

Samples from the herd were tested at the Wisconsin Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory and confirmed at the National Veterinary Services Laboratories in Ames, Iowa, the agency said in a statement.

State animal health officials have quarantined the property in Jefferson County, southern Wisconsin, about 50 miles west of Milwaukee. All chickens in the flock will be destroyed and will not enter the food system, the USDA said.

Farms raising turkeys and chickens for consumption have been on high alert and taking steps to increase biosecurity following the recent discovery of bird flu in a handful of states, including Indiana and Iowa. . Growers fear a repeat of a widespread bird flu outbreak in 2015 that killed 50 million birds in 15 states and cost the federal government nearly $1 billion.

Avian influenza is an airborne respiratory virus that spreads easily among chickens through nasal and eye secretions, as well as manure. The virus can spread from flock to flock through wild birds, through contact with infected poultry, through equipment and on the clothing and shoes of animal handlers.

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The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said recent bird flu detections do not present an immediate public health concern. No human cases of these avian influenza viruses have been detected in the United States.

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