Nebraska Department of Agriculture announces fourth case of bird flu

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LINCOLN, Neb. (KCAU) – A fourth case of bird flu on a farm in Nebraska has been confirmed.

According to a statement from the Nebraska Department of Agriculture (NDA), the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) have confirmed the fourth case of influenza highly pathogenic avian (HPAI).

The small mixed backyard herd was located on a farm in Holt County.

According to the statement, NDA State Veterinarian Dr. Roger Dudley said the farm has been quarantined and the birds will be “humanely depopulated and disposed of in an approved manner.”

The NDA will establish a 6.2 mile surveillance zone around the affected premises in accordance with USDA policy. The statement said poultry producers should be on heightened alert and use biosecurity measures to protect their flocks.

The statement adds that producers should be aware of the signs of HPAI and notify the NDA of any sick or dying poultry as soon as they recognize the symptoms.

Current status of affected farms

Location Herd size herd type Depopulation Disposal method
Merrick County Small (100 birds or less) Mixed – Chicken / Waterfowl completed Incineration completed
Butler County – 1 570,000 Broilers completed Composting in progress
Butler County – 2 400,000 Broilers completed Composting in progress
Holt County Small (50 birds or less) Mixed – Chicken / Waterfowl In progress N/A at the moment
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