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Over 6.5 million birds culled due to bird flu this month, number to rise

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Bird flu infections continue to ravage commercial poultry farms around Michigan. Since April third, six commercial farms have been affected by the fatal virus

A Gratiot County poultry farm is the latest operation to be impacted by infections of bird flu.

Data from the U-S Department of Agriculture shows over 6 point 5 million birds at poultry facilities across the state have been culled as a result of outbreaks this month. That number is likely to rise in the coming days.

Dr. Kimberly Dodd is director of Michigan State University's Veterinary Diagnostic Lab. She says the food supply is safe and the risk of human infections remains low.

"We have a lot of precautions in place to ensure that meat or dairy from sick animals are not making their way into the food supply."

Dairy cows across six different herds in Michigan also tested positive for bird flu in recent weeks.

Dodd says experts are still learning how the virus jumped to mammals.

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