First HPAI case found in a poultry flock in Nebraska

Nebraska is the latest state where highly pathogenic avian influenza has been confirmed in a poultry flock.

The Nebraska Department of Agriculture and USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service detected the virus in a backyard flock in Merrick County in South-Central Nebraska.

State Veterinarian Dr. Roger Dudley says the farm has been quarantined and depopulation is underway. NDA says it’s establishing a 6-mile surveillance zone and is working with USDA APHIS to help control the spread of the virus.

Nebraska announced a case of HPAI in a wild goose in Lincoln on March 7, and additional cases have been confirmed in wild geese in Cedar and Douglass Counties.

Poultry owners should report unusual poultry bird deaths or sick birds to NDA at 402-471-2351, or through USDA at 866-536-7593.

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