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State detects bird flu in Lapeer County flock

Mariko Margetson

State officials say bird flu has been detected Thursday among a backyard poultry flock in Lapeer County.

According to a press release from Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development, the disease has spread as a result of fall migration.

“The cooler fall temperatures will not serve to lessen the threat or impact of HPAI,” said State Veterinarian Dr. Nora Wineland in the press release. “Since the virus is susceptible to heat rather than cold, bird owners need to remain vigilant as wild birds complete their fall migration."

The state suggests that people minimize a domestic flock’s contact with wild birds by keeping the flock inside, removing bird feeders, and disinfecting boots and gear when using coops.

Ben Jodway is an intern, serving as a reporter for WCMU Public Media and the Pioneer in Big Rapids. He has covered Indigenous communities and political extremism in Michigan.