MADISON (NBC 26) — The Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection announced it will suspend all poultry shows, exhibitions and swap meets statewide through May 31 due the spread of Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza, or Bird Flu. It's extremely contagious and dangerous among birds, but is not harmful to humans.
The DATCP already took these measures in Jefferson County after a local farm was confirmed with Bird Flu last month. It was also detected in a Canada Goose in Milwaukee County last week. Minnesota, Iowa, Illinois and North Carolina have also taken similar actions.
Poultry owners are encouraged to take extra precaution to protect their flock. When possible, they're asked to keep the flock indoors to prevent contact with wild birds.
Signs of Bird Flu include:
- Sudden death
- Lack of energy or appetite
- Decrease in egg production, or soft/misshapen eggs
- Purple discoloration of wattles, legs and comb
- Difficulty breathing
- Runny nose, coughing or sneezing
- Stumbling or falling down
To report case, contact the DATCP at 608-224-4872 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.