Wisconsin records 1st outbreak of dangerous bird flu strain

Wisconsin records 1st outbreak of dangerous bird flu strain

Wisconsin has confirmed its first case of a dangerous bird flu strain that has struck several other Midwest states.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture said Monday that it has confirmed the highly pathogenic H5N2 strain in a commercial flock of 200,000 chickens in Jefferson County of southeastern Wisconsin.

The USDA says state officials have quarantined the premises and birds there will be killed to prevent the spread of the disease.

Authorities stressed there’s no risk to public health or the food supply. No human cases of the virus have been found in the U.S.

The disease made its first appearance in the region in Minnesota last month, and scientists suspect it’s being spread by migratory waterfowl.

The USDA says tests confirmed that a flock of about 200,000 chickens in Jefferson County, in southeastern Wisconsin, has been infected. State agriculture officials say all will be killed to prevent the spread of the disease.

Turkey producers have lost over 1.2 million birds to the disease across the Midwest. This is the first time it has struck a commercial chicken farm in the region.

The Wisconsin Department of Health is working with poultry workers at the Jefferson Co. facility. DHS is working with them to make sure they are taking proper precautions.

DHS reminds consumers poultry and eggs should be cooked to an internal temperature of 165 degrees to kill bacteria and viruses.