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Wisconsin Confirms 2nd And 3rd Outbreaks Of Bird Flu

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin has confirmed its second and third outbreaks of a form of bird flu that's deadly to poultry.

The Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection says the affected operations are a farm with 126,000 turkeys in Barron County and a backyard flock of 40 birds of different kinds in Juneau County.

The farms will be quarantined and the remaining birds will be killed to prevent any spread.

Department spokesman Jim Dick says it's an H5 virus, but they're waiting for more tests on whether it's the same H5N2 strain that's cost Midwest and Ontario poultry producers around 2 million birds since early March. The H5N2 virus was confirmed Monday at a Wisconsin chicken farm.

Officials say it's not a risk to public health or the food supply.

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