An avian-flu outbreak has been confirmed on a commercial poultry farm in Nebraska, the Department of Agriculture said Tuesday, marking the 16th state to report cases in a flock.
The egg-laying farm in Dixon County is home to some 1.7 million chickens, the federal agency said in a statement, and in addition to quarantine measures, the affected chickens will be euthanized. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention considers the risk to humans to be “low” but the infection and spread of the virus can be economically devastating to farms.
More than 32 million birds have been affected by the virus since the U.S. Department of Agriculture confirmed several cases in December.
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