Avian flu in Wisconsin found in Sheboygan, Columbia and Polk counties

Millions of birds in at least 17 states are being depopulated in a determined attempt to bring a highly pathogenic strain of Avian flu under control.

MADISON – New cases of highly pathogenic avian influenza were discovered on Thursday in Columbia, Polk and Sheboygan counties, according to a news release from the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection.

In Sheboygan County, the flu affected a flock of 15 backyard birds. The DATCP is working with the US Department of Agriculture to contain these latest outbreaks, one of which was found in a commercial flock of 20,000 in western Wisconsin, the news release said.

Since March 14, highly pathogenic avian flu has been found in seven domestic flocks across Wisconsin.

“As avian influenza continues to affect poultry in Wisconsin and throughout the nation, we’re reminding flock owners that strong biosecurity is our best defense against this devastating disease,” said State Veterinarian Dr. Darlene Konkle in the release. “We urge everyone working around poultry to increase their biosecurity measures and continue reporting signs of illness to help us prevent spread of the virus.”

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