Michigan Dairy Herds Hit by Bird Flu in 3 More Counties


Michigan Dairy Herds Hit by Bird Flu in 3 More Counties
Michigan Dairy Herds Hit by Bird Flu in 3 More Counties

Michigan Dairy Farms Face New Bird Flu Cases

Bird Flu Outbreak in Michigan Dairy Herds: Insights and Updates

Introduction The Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (MDARD) has confirmed that three more dairy herds in Michigan have tested positive for highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI), also known as bird flu. This development brings the total number of affected herds to 18 across nine counties.

Michigan Dairy Herds Hit by Bird Flu in 3 More Counties
Michigan Dairy Herds Hit by Bird Flu in 3 More Counties

Current Situation The new infections were detected in Clinton, Gratiot, and Ionia counties. Since the first confirmed case in Montcalm County in late March, HPAI has spread to several other counties, including:

  • Allegan
  • Barry
  • Clinton
  • Gratiot
  • Ingham
  • Ionia
  • Isabella
  • Montcalm
  • Ottawa

MDARD Director Dr. Tim Boring emphasized the widespread nature of this outbreak, which mirrors trends seen across the United States. “This virus does not stop at county or state lines, which is why we must all be on high alert,” he stated.

Michigan Dairy Herds Hit by Bird Flu in 3 More Counties
Michigan Dairy Herds Hit by Bird Flu in 3 More Counties

Safety Measures Despite the spread of HPAI, federal agencies assure the public that the commercial milk supply remains safe due to stringent pasteurization processes and federal animal health requirements. Michigan State Veterinarian Dr. Nora Wineland added that milk from sick animals is not allowed into the bulk tank for sale and those animals are restricted in movement to prevent further spread of the virus.

Transmission and Precautions HPAI is a highly contagious virus that can spread from infected wild birds to other animals through:

  • Contaminated equipment
  • Infected feed
  • Caretakers’ clothing

In rare cases, humans can contract the virus. The current outbreak has been ongoing since February 2022 and has affected over 90 million birds nationwide, making it the worst bird flu outbreak in American history.

Conclusion The continued spread of HPAI is a significant concern for Michigan’s poultry and dairy farming communities. Farmers are urged to maintain strict biosecurity measures and report any suspected cases of avian flu immediately to MDARD.

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