The US Department of Agriculture is urging bird owners and those involved in poultry production to take action to protect flocks after a test confirmed the presence of bird flu in central Illinois .
Highly pathogenic avian influenza, commonly known as “bird flu,” was detected in a non-commercial backyard flock of non-poultry in McLean County, according to the Illinois Department of Agriculture.
According to the USDA, state agriculture workers are quarantining affected premises and birds on properties had to be depopulated to prevent the spread of the disease. The birds in question will not enter the food system, officials said.
Samples from the affected herd were sent to the University of Illinois Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory and the results were confirmed to the USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Veterinary Services Laboratories in Ames, Iowa.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the recent detection does not present an immediate health concern and no human cases of the bird flu virus have been reported in the United States.
Anyone involved in poultry production, from the small backyard to the large commercial producer, should review their biosecurity activities to ensure the health of their birds, the USDA said.