Alert: Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza Detected in Newaygo County Flock

Highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) has been found in a commercial poultry facility in Newaygo County, marking Michigan’s seventh such case since 2022. With wild birds migrating, the risk remains high. Producers are urged to enhance biosecurity to protect their flocks. The virus, easily spread through contact with infected poultry and wild birds, poses a significant threat. Depopulation measures are in place, ensuring no infected animals enter the food chain. Strict preventative measures, including avoiding contact between domestic and wild birds, are crucial. MDARD continues to respond swiftly to reports of HPAI, urging vigilance among bird owners and offering resources for prevention.

For reporting possible cases:

For Domestic Birds:

Keep an eye out for sudden flock deaths, reduced egg production, decreased water intake, diarrhea, or signs of illness. Suspect avian influenza? Contact MDARD immediately at 800-292-3939 (day) or 517-373-0440 (night).

For Wild Birds:

If you notice unusual wild bird deaths, report to the Michigan DNR using the Eyes in the Field app or call the Wildlife Disease Lab at 517-336-5030.

More information on avian influenza and how to protect flocks through preventative measures can be found on the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s website.

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