2nd Nebraska farm quarantined after bird flu confirmed

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OMAHA, Neb. (AP) – The bird flu outbreak that reached Nebraska earlier this week has spread to a second farm in the northeast corner of the state.

The Nebraska Department of Agriculture said on May 14 that a second flock of 1.8 million chickens in Dixon County is infected.

The original farm where the disease was found earlier this week had 1.7 million chickens. All the chickens on both farms, which are owned by the same producer, will be killed to help limit the spread of the disease.

State Agriculture Director Greg Ibach says officials have established a perimeter around both farms.

Ibach says the spread of the disease is unfortunate, but not unexpected. The disease has been difficult to contain in other states.

Officials say the bird flu doesn’t represent a significant human health risk.