MSU lab monitors avian flu, canine flu, chronic wasting disease

Jun 11, 2015

Credit Flickr - Don Graham

Last week, three young wild geese found in Macomb County tested positive for avian flu. Their case marks the first discovery of the disease this year in Michigan. Avian flu has decimated poultry populations in Nebraska, Iowa, Minnesota and Wisconsin. The virus has killed an  estimated 47-million birds thus far. Now, officials are trying to prevent this strain from reaching domestic birds in Michigan.

Current State talks with Dr. Thomas Mullaney, interim director of the Diagnostic Center for Population and Animal Health, a branch of the Michigan State University College of Veterinary Medicine. His lab tested the geese found to have a strain of avian flu.