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JEFFERSON COUNTY, Wis. — Bird flu has been detected in a commercial flock in Wisconsin, making it at least the twelfth U.S. state to confirm an outbreak of the highly pathogenic strain since early 2022.

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The virus, also known as bird flu, does not pose an immediate threat to the public, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

In a press release on Monday, the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Commerce and Consumer Protection confirmed that the highly transmissible strain, detected in a commercial flock in Jefferson County, is the first case of avian flu. of the state since 2015. Jefferson County, in the southern part of the state, is about 50 miles west of Milwaukee.

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According to the department – which works in conjunction with the US Department of Agriculture and animal health officials – birds on the property will be euthanized to prevent the spread of the strain, no poultry products will be moved from the affected area and no birds in the affected area. the herd will be allowed to enter the food system, WKOW reported.

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Although human cases of the bird virus are rare, the CDC has confirmed that the overlap occurs on rare occasions when enough of the virus enters an individual’s eyes, nose, or mouth. Humans, however, cannot contract the disease from properly handled poultry or eggs cooked to an internal temperature of 165 degrees Fahrenheit, the USDA said.

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According to the CDC, birds get the flu when they come into contact with the “saliva, nasal secretions, or feces” of an infected bird. The flu is considered “highly contagious in birds” and has the potential to kill some domesticated species like chickens and turkeys, CBS News reported.

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Although human cases of avian virus are rare, the CDC has confirmed that overlap occurs on rare occasions when enough virus enters an individual’s eyes, nose or mouth. Humans, however, cannot contract the disease from properly handled poultry or eggs cooked to an internal temperature of 165 degrees Fahrenheit, the USDA said.

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Since the beginning of 2022, the inspection service has confirmed bird flu outbreaks in the Carolinas, Delaware, Michigan, New York, Maine, Kentucky, Virginia, Indiana, Kansas, Illinois and Wisconsin.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.