Avian flu virus found in Kalamazoo County birds

A highly pathogenic avian influenza virus, known as HPAI, was found this week in a non-commercial backyard flock in Kalamazoo County.

State health officials have been working diligently to limit the spread of the virus and birds from the flock are assured not to enter the food system. No avian influenza virus has been detected anywhere in the United States.

Health officials said it is important to note that the consumption of poultry products will not pass along the avian influenza virus. A thorough cleaning and cooking process would eliminate any trace of the virus.

Avian influenza spreads quickly by bird-to-bird contact. The virus can travel on manure, egg flats, crates, and other farming materials and equipment.

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