First case of avian flu found in US since 2016 in Colleton Co. duck

COLUMBIA, SC (WCSC) — A duck killed by a hunter in Colleton County has tested positive for a bird flu not found in the United States since 2016, scientists say.

An American wigeon was tested by the Clemson University Veterinary Diagnostic Center in Columbia, which found the Eurasian H5 version of bird flu. The diagnosis was later confirmed by the US Department of Agriculture.

Officials say this type of bird flu poses a low risk to humans but can pose a threat to the poultry industry.

Isolated cases of avian flu were reported across Europe in 2022, along with two cases in Canada, according to health officials.

Officials are advising anyone who keeps poultry to review their safety practices to prevent disease in their birds.

They also advise hunters and others to take precautions and minimize direct contact with wild birds.

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