The USDA announced that bird flu had been found at a commercial chicken operation in Wisconsin on Monday. The agriculture department also said samples of the flock were tested at a local laboratory. The results were confirmed at the National Veterinary Services Laboratories in Ames, Iowa.
Local farms that grow chickens and turkeys for human consumption that have been placed on high alert and have taken steps to increase biosecurity amid bird flu findings in multiple U.S. states. The department of agriculture added that the state animal health officials had quarantined the farm property in Wisconsin’s Jefferson County, adding that all the chickens in the contaminated flock would be destroyed and would not enter the food system.
Bird flu is, also called avian influenza, spreads among chickens through nasal and eye secretions and manure. Farmers are concerned about repeating the 2015 bird flu outbreak, which killed 50 million birds in 15 states and cost the federal government $15 million in total damages.
According to the Associated Press, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said the new bird flu epidemic poses no urgent health threat and that no human instances of the virus have been discovered in the United States. Hill has contacted the USDA for comment and further information. The case was noticed in a commercial poultry flock. This is the first confirmed case of HPAI in Wisconsin since 2015, and the rest of the community will have to be killed to prevent the spread of the disease.