MADISON, Wis. (AP) - A Wisconsin egg company executive says a Lake Mills facility will become productive again after they euthanize all 800,000 chickens due to a highly contagious avian influenza virus.
The Wisconsin State Journal reports (https://bit.ly/1b1ISTD ) the Daybreak Foods facility immediately started testing its flock every day for the virus after learning of another Jefferson County facility testing positive for the virus about 10 days ago.
Company President William Rehm says every test turned up negative until they found dead birds this week.
He says the facility with 60 employees will become productive again after a difficult and emotional cleanup.
The virus also hit the commercial chicken facilities in Minnesota and Iowa.
Experts believe the virus is spread by fecal material or oral secretions from migratory waterfowl flying over commercial poultry facilities.
Information from: Wisconsin State Journal, https://www.madison.com/wsj
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