Bird flu discovered in Bayfield County flock; 14 counties have now reported cases in domestic and commercial flocks, according to DATCP

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MADISON, Wis. – A case of bird flu has been discovered in a backyard flock in Bayfield County, northwest Wisconsin, the US Department of Agriculture, Commerce and Consumer Protection announced Monday. State.

The latest case brings to 14 the total number of Wisconsin counties that have seen highly pathogenic avian influenza in domestic or commercial flocks this year. Cases have also been reported in wild birds in the state.

The other birds in the flock were killed to prevent the virus from spreading, the DATCP said in a press release.

Wisconsin’s first case of the virus since 2015 was reported at the Cold Spring Egg Farm in Jefferson County in mid-March.

Three wild foxes have also tested positive for the virus. Officials believe they likely ate infected birds.

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There is “no imminent threat” to humans in the state, according to the Wisconsin Department of Health Services. The agency added that poultry is safe to eat if cooked to an internal temperature of 165 degrees.

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