Cases of bird flu spreading across Michigan; last in Auckland County

Michigan Agriculture and Wildlife experts said Friday that highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) has been detected in nine counties in Michigan over the past two months, most recently in a nonprofit poultry farm in Auckland County.

The Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development and the University of Michigan Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory say the risk of disease remains high while cold temperatures and humidity remain, and poultry owners should take steps to protect their herds.

HPAI is considered a highly contagious virus that can be transmitted from herd to herd in a variety of ways, including through wild birds, to infected poultry, equipment, and guard clothing and footwear.

To protect other herds in Michigan, Auckland County buildings are currently quarantined and birds are being destroyed to prevent the spread of the disease, officials said. The affected herd contained about 40 birds of various species.

“Currently, HPAI continues to spread, mainly through the migration of wild birds,” said the state veterinarian. Nora Wineland said in a release. “Poultry owners need to keep their herds away from lakes where wild birds come from, bring their herds home and follow other protocols to prevent the virus from entering the birds.

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