Bird Flu Confirmed in Wisconsin

MILWAUKEE (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel/TNS) -

Wisconsin has confirmed its first case of a dangerous bird-flu strain that recently was found in Minnesota, Missouri and other states.

The Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection said Monday the highly pathogenic H5N2 strain was in a commercial flock of more than 180,000 chickens in Jefferson County.

State officials said they quarantined the premises and birds there will be killed to prevent the spread of the disease.14

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 Wisconsin.

Authorities say there is no risk to public health and no danger to the food supply. No human cases of the virus have been found in the U.S.