The highly-contagious bird flu has been discovered in backyard chickens in two different Missouri counties recently according to the Missouri Department of Agriculture.

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The bulletin shared by the Missouri Department of Agriculture says this outbreak of the Avian Influenza (aka bird flu) has been found in Webster County, Missouri on November 22, 2022 and in Jackson County, Missouri on October 18, 2022.

The Missouri Department of Agriculture says "there is no immediate public health concern. It is safe to eat properly handled and cooked poultry products, including meat and eggs."

This is the 11th report of bird flu in Missouri so far in 2022 according to the Missouri Department of Agriculture's website. According to a report by NBC News, these cases in Missouri is part of a national outbreak that has killed over 50 million birds.

The Missouri Department of Agriculture indicates that the flocks which included non-commercial backyard chickens have been quarantined to try and mitigate the spread of this flu which transmits quickly from bird to bird.

You can check out the Missouri Department of Agriculture's website for more information and updates on this concerning outbreak.

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