Bird flu confirmed on farm in northeastern Nebraska; 2.1 million hens to be killed

LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) – The Nebraska Department of Agriculture confirmed a case of bird flu in a flock of 2.1 million laying hens in Knox County.

The farm has since been quarantined, the department said.  This is the seventh confirmed case of bird flu in the state.

The infected flock will be killed and disposed of properly.

Poultry producers in the area should notify the department immediately of any sick or dying birds.

The department issued an order on March 26 that restricted birds at events including fairs, expositions and live bird auctions.

The order, which was set to expire on Saturday, will now be extended until May 15.

The department confirmed the first case of bird flu on March 16 at a farm in Merrick County.

Bird flu has also been confirmed in Butler, Holt, Dixon and Scotts Bluff Counties.

Over a million hens were killed and disposed of at a farm in Dixon County.

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