Agricultural officials from both the state and federal levels have verified an outbreak of bird flu in a flock of over one million laying hens in northeast Nebraska.
According to the Lincoln Journal Star, the epidemic in Dixon County is the greatest outbreak of the highly contagious virus in the state. The outbreak is being coordinated by the Nebraska and United States Departments of Agriculture.
According to State Veterinarian Roger Dudley, the farm has been quarantined, and the birds will be euthanized as a result of the outbreak.
According to a press release from Post Holdings, the farm is held by its Michael Foods subsidiary, which operates multiple egg farms in the surrounding area. The 1.7 million birds, according to the firm, account for approximately 4% of its overall egg-laying production.
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It was necessary in Dixon County to exterminate over 5 million birds during a bird flu outbreak that occurred in 2015.
After accounting for the current outbreak, roughly 2.7 million birds have been afflicted by bird flu in Nebraska this year, according to the CDC.
More than 25 million birds have been slaughtered around the country as a result of the sickness, which officials claim does not pose a threat to human health.