Bird flu cases spreading throughout Michigan; the last is in Oakland County

Michigan agriculture and wildlife experts said Friday that highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) has been detected in at least nine Michigan counties in the past two months, most recently in a flock of poultry from Oakland County non-commercial backyard.

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

HPAI is considered a highly contagious virus that can be spread in a variety of ways from flock to flock, including through wild birds, contact with infected poultry, equipment and on the clothing and footwear of guards.

To protect other flocks in Michigan, premises in Oakland County are currently under quarantine and birds will be depopulated to prevent the spread of the disease, officials said. The affected flock contained approximately 40 birds of different species.

“At present, HPAI continues to spread primarily through the migration of wild birds,” State Veterinarian Dr. Nora Wineland said in a statement. “It is important that bird owners stop this route of transmission by keeping their flocks away from bodies of water that wild birds might visit, bringing their flocks indoors and following other protocols to prevent the transmission. introduction of the virus into their birds.

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