Neighboring Wisconsin has its first case of highly pathogenic avian influenza since 2015. The disease was found in a Jefferson County laying hen facility. State Veterinarian Dr. Darlene Konkle:
“There are nearly three million birds on this facility. No movement on or off at this point.”
Labs are still working to narrow down which strain of the virus-infected the Wisconsin flock. Commercial and backyard flock owners are being urged to do what they can to tighten biosecurity measures. HPAI was reported over the weekend in Illinois and Kansas and was found in Iowa last week.
“This owner also has a couple of flocks that are nearby. So given that they are in the same system, we are looking at those closely.”