Nevada agricultural officials report a case of H5N8 avian influenza in a mallard duck in Lincoln County making Nevada the sixth state to confirm an H5 avian flu-Washington, Oregon, Utah, Idaho and California have all previously reported cases.

Mallard duck/ ASprigOfFig
Mallard duck/ ASprigOfFig

The California Animal Health & Food Safety Laboratory tested the bird for the virus.

The Nevada Department of Agriculture (NDA) will be working with the United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) to monitor the situation.

“So far this is an isolated case,” said Nevada State Veterinarian Michael Greenlee. “If commercial poultry producers or bird owners are concerned about the possible spread to domestic foul, they need to take the proper steps to limit exposure. Prevent contact between their birds and wild birds.”

If you see a sick bird or an unusual bird death, contact officials immediately. If contact occurs, wash hands with soap and water, and change clothing before having any contact with healthy domestic poultry and birds.

HPAI would have significant economic impacts if detected in U.S. domestic poultry. Commercial poultry producers should follow strict biosecurity practices and raise their birds in very controlled environments.

H5N8 avian influenza has not been shown to cause any human infection.