bird flu cases spreading through Michigan; the latter is in Oakland County

Michigan Agriculture and Wildlife Experts said Friday that highly pathogenic bird flu (HPAI) has been detected in at least nine Michigan counties in the past two months, most recently in a non-commercial flock of poultry in the county. of Oakland.

The Michigan State Department of Agriculture and Rural Development and the Michigan State University Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory said that while cooler temperatures and humid conditions continue, the risk of disease remains high and bird owners should to take measures to protect their flocks.

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

To protect other herds in Michigan, Oakland County facilities are currently in quarantine and birds will be depopulated to prevent the spread of the disease, officials said. The affected herd contained about 40 birds of different species.

“Right now, HPAI continues to spread primarily through wild bird migration,” state veterinarian Nora Wineland said in a statement. “It is important for bird owners to stop this route of transmission by keeping their flocks away from bodies of water that wild birds can visit, bringing their flocks indoors and following other protocols to prevent the virus from spreading. ‘introduce your birds.

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