Source: Michigan Farm News

The H5N1 strain of highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) has infected various animals in Michigan, including hens, turkeys, cows, and wildlife. Over 6.5 million birds have been affected across four outbreaks, impacting both commercial and backyard flocks. Veterinarians, such as Dr. Valeria Johnson, are diligently implementing biosecurity measures to prevent further spread, including rigorous cleaning routines and strict protocols for entering barns.

The virus, present since 2020, has become more versatile, infecting a wider range of species beyond migratory birds. Its impact extends beyond poultry, affecting industries like cattle transportation, with significant economic repercussions. Michigan’s agricultural community is intensifying biosecurity efforts, incorporating additional measures such as dedicated transport for specific animals and enhanced cleaning protocols. Despite inherent vulnerabilities, these layered precautions aim to mitigate the risk of transmission, emphasizing the importance of comprehensive biosecurity in safeguarding against disease outbreaks.

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