The National Guard is being called upon to help with the Avian Flu outbreak. Governor Scott Walker signed the order.
Avian influenza virus has been detected in three Wisconsin poultry flocks, affecting tens of thousands of chickens and turkeys, according to the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade, and Consumer Protection (DATCP).
State Veterinarian Paul McGraw announced a ban late Friday to prohibit moving poultry to shows, exhibitions, and swap meets in Jefferson, Barron, and Juneau counties. There is no threat to humans. The state veterinarian, through DATCP, requested up to 14 Guard personnel be made available for immediate assistance.
Assistance from the Wisconsin National Guard is necessary because federal resources are thin, due to avian influenza virus outbreaks in other states, particularly in the Midwest.