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DNR: Removing feeders not urgent but could reduce bird flu

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A Michigan wildlife expert says removing outdoor feeders could help reduce the spread of a bird flu.

Avian influenza has been confirmed in at least five Michigan counties: Kalamazoo, Livingston, Macomb, Menominee and Washtenaw, according to the Department of Natural Resources.

It can infect a variety of birds, including chickens, turkeys, pheasants, quail, ducks, geese and wild birds.

Megan Moriarty, state wildlife veterinarian, says removing outdoor bird feeders “isn't yet a critical step” in preventing bird flu but it might make sense.

The risk to people for avian flu is considered to be low.

The flu was discovered in domestic parrots in Washtenaw County, the latest detection reported this week by the DNR.

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