September 27, 2022

Bird Flu Confirmed in Wild Birds in Several Michigan Counties

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Avian influenza has been confirmed in wild birds in Macomb, Monroe and St. Clair counties, according to the Michigan Department of Natural Resources.

The Michigan DNR released a statement saying the pathogenic disease, which is able to infect free-ranging and domestic poultry, was discovered in free-ranging Canada geese and tundra swans in St. Clair County; snowy owls in Macomb County; and a mute swan in Monroe County.

“This confirmed positive finding of highly pathogenic avian influenza in wild birds prompts several steps that are informed by Michigan’s Surveillance and Response Plan for HPAI in wildlife,” DNR director Dan Eichinger said in a press release. “The DNR and MDARD are working that plan with other experts and stakeholders and taking advantage of every available resource that aims to limit the spread of HPAI.”

Residents who see death loss of three or more free-ranging birds are being asked to contact the DNR by calling 517-336-5030 via the Eyes in the Field app. To report domestic poultry issues, call MDARD at 800-292-3939.

Michigan DNR is also asking those who have poultry to minimize the number of people who come into contact with birds and isolate the birds from wild birds. Those dealing with poultry should also disinfect hands and clothing after contact. For more information, visit this site.