Nebraska Specific Information
The Nebraska Department of Agriculture in conjunction with the United States Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service has confirmed the presence of highly pathogenic H5N2 avian influenza (HPAI) in flocks in Dixon County. Nebraska is one of several states nationwide that has confirmed HPAI H5 in poultry.
Eggs from this facility are processed and go through pasteurization, eliminating product consumption risk. This is an egg laying facility and therefore the chickens are not consumed.
Proper handling and cooking of poultry and eggs to an internal temperature of 165 degrees kills the virus.
There haven’t been any human cases associated with the HPAI H5 virus. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the risk to people is low at this time.
Every state that has confirmed HPAI H5 in birds is monitoring workers who have been exposed. DHHS is working with Northeast Nebraska Public Health Department to interview workers about their possible exposure and monitor them if appropriate.