The Michigan Department of Natural Sources has confirmed that three red fox kits have tested positive for Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI). These are the first documented cases of HPAI in wild mammals in the state of Michigan. According to the Michigan DNR, the fox kits were collected between April 1st and April 14th and came from three separate dens located in Lapeer, Oakland, and Macomb counties.
According to the CDC, Highly Pathogenic Avian Influence (HPAI) occurs primarily in birds, is highly contagious, and is especially threatening to domestic poultry production. Animals infected with HPAI exhibit neurological issues including cirlcing, tremors, and seizing. To date, there have been no documented cases of human infection but it is possible that the virus can infect people and cause serious disease.
Read the original article from the Michigan Department of Natural Resources: https://www.michigan.gov/dnr/about/newsroom/releases/2022/05/12/highly-pathogenic-avian-influenza-confirmed-in-three-red-fox-kits