Avian flu discovered in western Nebraska for the first time | Agriculture


Nebraska now has its fifth confirmed case of bird flu in a domestic flock.

The Nebraska Department of Agriculture said the highly contagious disease was discovered in a small, mixed Scotts Bluff County backyard flock of chickens and waterfowl.

This is the first case of bird flu in western Nebraska. All previous cases in domestic flocks and wild birds have occurred in eastern Nebraska. That includes the cases that resulted in the deaths of 970,000 broiler chickens at two Butler County poultry farms that raise birds for Costco’s processing plant in Fremont.

The Department of Agriculture said the Scotts Bluff County herd has already been destroyed and a 6.2-mile quarantine zone has been put in place around the property.

This year’s outbreak, the largest since 2015, claimed nearly 23 million birds. Nebraska last month canceled all poultry events in the state to limit the spread of the disease.

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