The Kansas Department of Agriculture on Friday confirmed samples collected from a backyard poultry flock in the state returned a presumptive positive result for highly pathogenic avian influenza at the National Veterinary Services Lab.
The case, in Leavenworth County, is in addition to the areas of Cherokee and Crawford counties that are under surveillance after a confirmed case of the H5N2 strain of Avian Influenza was found in Missouri last week.
The case joins outbreaks of a strain of avian influenza in Missouri, Arkansas, Minnesota, Oregon, Washington and Idaho. They are not considered to be a threat to public health or the food supply.
Avian Influenza exists naturally in many wild birds and can be transmitted by contact with infected animals or ingestion of infected food or water.
CDC considers the risk to people from these HPAI H5 infections in wild birds, backyard flocks and commercial poultry, to be low. No human infections with the virus have been detected at this time.
"We are dedicated to providing the necessary assistance and precautions to avoid any possible spreading of the disease," said Dr. Bill Brown, Kansas animal health commissioner.
Symptoms in poultry include coughing, sneezing, respiratory distress, decreased egg production and sudden death.