Michigan halts bird fairs at zoos and elsewhere amid bird flu outbreak

Michigan has ordered a halt to all bird fairs as more cases of bird flu have been confirmed in the state.

Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (MDARD) Administrator Gary McDowell announced the new protocol Tuesday, ordering a cessation of the 2022 Michigan poultry and waterfowl fairs. Until Such as the time a state goes 30 days without a new discovery of highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) in poultry. This decision is effective immediately to further protect against the spread of highly virulent bird flu, helping to keep Michigan’s domestic poultry flocks safe.

This stop Do Includes (but is not limited to) shows, fairs, exchange meets, petting zoos at fairs, and bird/waterfowl fair shows. This stop Do not Include or affect hatching fairs, pigeon races, or zoos.

So far this year, Michigan has responded to 12 cases of highly virulent bird flu in non-commercial backyard flocks from nine different counties across the upper and lower peninsulas.

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MDARD is committed to protecting the health of all Michigan poultry. Preventive measures are the best and the only tools we have to reduce the negative impact of highly pathogenic avian influenza. By exercising this necessary precaution, we can wait for the warmer, drier weather needed to kill the virus without creating conditions that could exacerbate the problem, Dr. Wineland said. “By taking this step now, it is hoped that poultry exhibitors can still participate in fair activities once conditions improve.”

According to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, findings of highly pathogenic avian influenza are not an immediate public health concern. No human cases of avian influenza have been detected in the United States. Also, no birds or bird products infected with HPAI will enter the food chain. As a reminder, all poultry and eggs must be handled and cooked properly.

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Whether it’s a few backyard birds or a large commercial flock, following a few key steps can protect the health and vitality of Michigan domestic birds:

  • Prevent contact between domestic and wild birds by bringing them indoors or ensuring that their outdoor area is completely enclosed.

  • Wash your hands before and after handling birds and when moving between different enclosures.

  • Disinfect shoes and other equipment when moving between barns.

  • Do not share equipment or other supplies between other barns or farms.

  • Clean and sanitize equipment and other supplies between uses. If it can’t be disinfected, get rid of it.

  • Using well or municipal water as drinking water for birds.

  • Keep poultry feed safe to ensure that there is no contact between feed/feed components and wild birds or rodents.

Poultry owners and caretakers should watch for unusual deaths, decreased egg production, a significant decrease in water consumption, or an increase in sick birds. If the bird flu SuspectContact MDARD immediately At 800-292-3939 (daytime) or 517-373-0440 (after business hours).

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