Barron County turkey flock is sixth with bird flu in state


April 24, 2015

MADISON The deadly bird flu virus has been detected in a 90,000 turkey flock in Barron County.

The Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection says that is the sixth report of bird flu in the state in 10 days. Nearly 1.3 million birds are affected.

Spokeswoman Raechelle Cline says initial tests show it's an H5 virus, but results are still pending to confirm whether it's the same H5N2 virus that has struck commercial poultry farms across the Midwest.

There are four confirmed, and two unconfirmed, cases of the H5N2 virus in Wisconsin.

There are two outbreaks in Barron and Jefferson counties, and one each in Chippewa and Juneau counties.

The virus is lethal to birds, but is not expected to be a risk to people or the food supply.


Associated Press