Michigan enforces vehicle checkpoints to contain bird flu outbreak

Lansing, MI – Michigan has declared an “extraordinary animal health emergency” in response to the rapid spread of highly pathogenic H5N1 avian influenza, implementing strict biosecurity measures including mandatory vehicle checks at all dairy and poultry operations. As of last week, the measures apply to several types of poultry, such as guinea fowl, turkeys and pigeons, as well as commercial dairy facilities across the state.

The centerpiece of the emergency order is the establishment of controlled perimeters around livestock farms, coupled with strict monitoring protocols for vehicles and personnel. At these checkpoints, thorough cleaning and disinfection processes will take place for all vehicles entering or leaving, to ensure that potential contaminants are managed before they can further spread the virus.

In addition, the decision requires the appointment of a biosafety manager at each site to oversee these critical activities. Records of all traffic, including the entry and exit of personnel, must be kept meticulously to monitor potential transmission vectors.

To curb the spread of the virus among animals, the state has also suspended the exhibition of all lactating dairy cattle and poultry until no new cases of HPAI are reported in the respective groups for a specified period: 60 days for dairy cattle and 30 days for poultry. .

These stringent measures, including vehicle checkpoints, are essential to controlling the spread of the disease and protecting Michigan’s significant agricultural sector from significant losses. The emphasis on vehicle sanitation highlights the state’s proactive approach to halting bird flu transmission at one of the most critical checkpoints.