US Reports Case of Highly Pathogenic Avian Flu in a Wild Bird

CHICAGO—The Department of Agriculture on Friday confirmed the first case of a highly pathogenic type of avian influenza in a wild bird since 2016 in South Carolina. The virus, Eurasian H5 avian influenza, was found in a wild duck that was hunted in Colleton County, in the southern part of South Carolina, officials said. The USDA said it is determining the exact strain of the virus and results should be available in the next few days. One case of the H7N3 strain of highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) was found in a commercial turkey flock in South Carolina in 2020. The Eurasian H5 type is considered a low risk to people but can be dangerous for the poultry industry, South Carolina officials said. No human infections from Eurasian H5 viruses have occurred in the United States, they said. The USDA advised poultry producers to review safety measures to assure the …

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