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First commercial case of bird flu found in McPherson County

April 11, 2022 GMT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — The first case of bird flu in a Kansas commercial operation has been confirmed in a turkey flock in McPherson, state and federal agriculture officials announced Monday.

Previously, avian influenza had been confirmed only in four backyard flocks in Kansas.

The Kansas Department of Agriculture and the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service is working with the McPherson firm, according to a statement from the state agriculture department.

The affected premises is under quarantine and the birds will be culled to prevent spread of the disease.

Any farms or properties with poultry within 12.43 miles (20 kilometers) of the McPherson firm will not be allowed to move birds or poultry products on or off their property without permission from state agriculture department.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has said the bird flu does not present a danger to public health.