State of Wisconsin Issues Reminder Regarding Avian Influenza Concerns in Poultry

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The confirmation of highly pathogenic H5 avian influenza in a commercial turkey flock in Minnesota is a clear reminder to poultry owners to take precautions against the disease, say animal health officials with the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection.

Though the disease is often fatal for birds, the CDC considers the risk to people from these highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) H5 infections in wild birds, backyard flock and commercial poultry, to be low.

Please take note of these Special Talking Points:

  1. These viruses have not made people sick.
  2. CDC says the risk to humans is low.
  3. As a precaution, we will be monitoring workers who have had direct contact with sick or dead birds from this flock.
  4. As a general precaution, people should avoid contact with domestic or wild birds that appear ill or have died.
  5. It is safe to eat properly handled and cooked poultry.
  6. State and local agencies are working closely together on this situation and the public will be kept informed of any new information.

For more information, Please see the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection News Release and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website link below.