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Avian Flu detected at a commercial poultry facility in Newaygo County

Santeri Viinamäki
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This is the seventh detection of Avian Influenza in a commercial facility and the first detection in Newaygo County

The Michigan State University Veterinary Diagnostic laboratory has detected the presence of highly pathogenic avian influenza or HPAI in a commercial poultry facility. This follows a report to the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development or MDARD.

A news release from MDARD says since the disease was first detected in Michigan in 2022, this is the seventh detection of HPAI in a commercial facility and the first detection in Newaygo County. The release goes on to say, as wild birds complete their spring migration, it is crucial for every producer to protect their animals from wild birds and the germs they could be carrying.

HPAI is highly contagious virus that can be spread in various ways including by wild birds, through contact with infected poultry, by equipment and on the clothing an shoes of caretakers. To protect other facilities in Michigan, the premises is currently under quarantine and the birds will be depopulated to prevent disease spread. These efforts also help to ensure the safety and integrity of the commercial food supply.

Meantime, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the public health risk associated with avian influenza remains low. Also, no animals or products infected with HPAI will enter the commercial food chain.

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