First Instance of Bird Flu Confirmed in Upper Peninsula

The first instance of bird flu has been confirmed in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, according to the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development on Tuesday.

The avian influenza was found in a non-commercial backyard flock from Menominee County.

The highly contagious virus can be spread numerous ways including by wild birds, through contact with infected poultry, by equipment, and on the clothing and shoes of caretakers.

The premises is currently under quarantine, and the birds will be depopulated to prevent further disease spread.

This is the third case of bird flu in domestic birds in the state.