A spokesperson for the Michigan Allied Poultry Industry says the threat of highly pathogenic avian influenza has not gone away.

Executive Director Allison Brink tells Brownfield there are still multiple outbreaks with different strains of the disease globally.  “There are a wide range of influenza viruses and each type affects poultry and other avian species differently, and so we’re always aware and looking for these types of diseases.”

She says Michigan’s industry has recently undergone emergency preparedness exercises, hosted by officials from Minnesota which were most affected by the U.S. outbreak.  “In Michigan, we are trying to learn from the lessons of the 2014/2015 outbreak and be prepared in the event that we have an outbreak.”

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Michigan Allied Poultry Industries is a producer-led organization that serves and represents over 50 Michigan family-owned poultry farms with more than 15 million laying hens, 6 million chicken broilers, and 5.3 million turkeys represented.  Michigan Allied Poultry is committed to the advancement and prosperity of the poultry industry through advocacy, education and development.

Michigan Allied Poultry Industries, Inc.
PO Box 144
Hamilton, MI 49419
Office: 517.372.5250