A non-commercial poultry flock in Tuscola County has tested positive for Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI). The Michigan State University Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory confirmed the presence of the virus in backyard flock of roughly 135 birds.
The CDC says that the public health risk in this case is low, and that no birds or bird products infected with HPAI will enter the commercial food chain. The flock has been quarantined and will be depopulated to prevent disease spread.
The Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (MDARD) warns domestic bird owners to prevent contact between their flocks and wild birds, disinfect hands and gear when moving between coops, and avoid sharing equipment between coops or other farms. They say owners and caretakers should watch for multiple sudden deaths in flocks, a drop in egg production, or a decrease in water consumption.
If avian influenza is suspected in domestic birds, MDARD should be contacted immediately at 800-292-3939 (daytime) or 517-373-0440 (after hours).