Bird flu found in flocks in two more Wisconsin counties

DATCP: 13 counties have now reported domestic flock cases
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MADISON, Wis. — Cases of highly pathogenic avian influenza — commonly known as bird flu — have been found in domestic flocks in two more Wisconsin counties, the state’s Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection announced Monday.

The latest confirmed cases were in Dunn and Marinette counties. Thirteen counties have now reported at least one positive case in a domestic flock since mid-March when Wisconsin’s first case since 2015 was reported in Jefferson County.

Both of the latest cases happened in backyard flocks, DATCP said. Birds in both flocks will be depopulated to keep the virus from spreading.

Last week, DATCP said three wild red fox kits from three separate counties tested positive for bird flu. Officials said the mammals likely got the virus by eating infected wild birds.

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The state’s Department of Health Services said there is “no imminent threat” to the state. Poultry is safe to eat if cooked to a temperature of 165 degrees, the agency said.