(CTN News) _ It has been determined that a strain of bird flu has been infected in Ingham County that is contagious and potentially life-threatening.
Michigan State University’s Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory has detected highly pathogenic avian influenza in a noncommercial backyard poultry flock.
The presence of highly pathogenic avian influenza has been detected for the first time in the history of Ingham County.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), this strain of bird flu does not appear to pose a high level of risk to the public’s health.
The Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development recommends that people who own domestic birds take as many safety precautions as possible to ensure their safety.
Even though Michigan has not had a case of HPAI in domestic birds since May,
The virus has been regularly found in the state’s wildlife, indicating the virus is still present in the environment, said state veterinarian Nora Wineland.
It is important to note that Ingham County highly pathogenic avian influenza can be transmitted from flock to flock in a variety of ways, including by contact with wild birds or infected poultry.
Furthermore, it is also possible for the strain to spread through the equipment and clothing that caregivers use in their daily duties.
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