Concern Grows Over Spread of Bird Flu

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BRILLION, Wis. (WFRV) – Governor Walker has declared a state of emergency because of an outbreak of bird flu in Wisconsin, and that’s sparking concern in some farmers.

The virus has affected three poultry farms in the state in Juneau, Jefferson, and Barron Counties.

Bird droppings and migrating waterfowl are two of ways the disease spreads. Farmers say it’s important to take every steps possible to protect your stock.

“Now that its here its starting to really be a problem, especially for the bigger producers,” Dennis Drzewiecki of River of Dreams farms says. “The reason why its hitting the bigger producers are because having more animals there means you have more weaker animals and they are more likly to get it.”

He says its important for people to buy chicken from farmers or butchers they trust. The virus has since shown up on commercial farms in Arkansas, Iowa, Missouri, North Dakota, and South Dakota.

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