Bird flu found in Bayfield County flock; 14 counties have now reported cases in domestic, commercial flocks, DATCP says

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MADISON, Wis. — A case of bird flu has been found in a backyard flock in Bayfield County in northwestern Wisconsin, the state’s Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection said Monday.

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

The other birds in the flock were killed to keep the virus from spreading, DATCP said in a news 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 poultry is safe to eat if it’s cooked to an internal temperature of 165 degrees.