According to the California Foodand Agriculture Administration (CDFA), highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) has been detected in commercial broiler flocks in Fresno County, California.

According to USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) data, 33,900 birds were killed to prevent the spread of the virus.

“The virus has infected commercial farms in most other US states since January last year, but this is the first time it has infected a commercial farm in California,”the CDFA said.

The agency also noted that they recently discovered HPAI in a backyard in Contra Costa County. However, infected areas remain isolated.

Earlier this week, Butte County announced a local health emergency after it was confirmed that farms were infected with HPAI. HPAI has been found in wild birds in several other areas.

The latest figures from APHIS, show that 410 commercial and backyard flocks in 40 states had HPAI detections. To date, 40.18 million birds have been infected with the virus.

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