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Avian flu has been confirmed in a backyard poultry farm in Livingston County, the state Department of Agriculture and Rural Development announced Friday, bringing the county count to four in southeastern Michigan where the virus was detected.

The site where the bird flu was discovered is under quarantine and the birds have been destroyed to prevent the spread of the virus, the department said. The flock contained about 20 birds of several species, he said.

The finding underscores Michigan’s “continued high risk of disease,” the department said in urging poultry owners “to implement all strategies necessary to protect their flocks.”

Bird flu can be spread in a variety of ways, including through wild birds, through contact with infected poultry, through equipment and on the clothes and shoes of caretakers, the department said.

“We strongly encourage all flock owners to take action to better protect their poultry and help reduce the spread of this disease. Now is the time to act,” said state veterinarian Dr. Nora Wineland.

The department recommends preventing contact between domestic and wild birds by bringing them indoors or ensuring their outdoor area is fully enclosed, washing hands and disinfecting equipment before and after handling birds. birds and when moving between different poultry houses.

It also recommends storing poultry feed safely to avoid contact between feed/feed ingredients and wild birds or rodents.

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources said on March 24 that bird flu was detected in free-ranging Canada geese and tundra swans in St. Clair County, in snowy owls in Macomb County, and in a swan. Tuberculous from Monroe County. It has been confirmed in commercial and backyard flocks in 24 states.

Avian influenza does not present an immediate public health concern and no human cases have been detected in the United States.

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