The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has issued a public safety alert regarding a possible outbreak of avian influenza.
The agency said that while the source of the illness has not been determined, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has confirmed a bird flu outbreak in Colorado, the first known case reported in the state.
The alert states that the source could be a farm-to-table food manufacturing company, or “factory-to, truck-to or house-to property located on a parcel of land with at least four acres in size that has been designated as a property of a farm that produces and sells farm products to restaurants, retailers, or retailers of farm products.”
“Based on the available evidence, it appears that the outbreak could be linked to a farm product manufacturing company located on property that is located near an interstate highway in Colorado,” the agency said in the alert.
The Colorado Department of Public Health, which is overseeing the investigation, has not yet responded to a request for comment from ABC News.
The CDC has also received a request from the Colorado Department Of Public Health to investigate whether the outbreak was linked to the manufacturing of poultry products.
In a statement, the Colorado Fish and Game Commission said that it is working with the Colorado State University Extension to determine the extent of the outbreak.
The advisory came after the agency issued a report on Oct. 14 that said a case of the bird flu was identified in a chicken processing plant in Colorado.
Officials said the outbreak, which started on Oct, 17, 2016, was isolated to the Denver area.
The report also said the source had not been identified.
The report said the strain is currently in the US and spread by infected poultry.
The Colorado Department Department of Agriculture and Forestry said that the Colorado poultry industry was notified of the initial outbreak.
“We have a very high level of confidence that our industry is prepared for the onset of the pandemic,” said John St. Aubin, the agency’s director of the Colorado operations.
“We have taken steps to implement new measures to limit the spread of this virus.”
St. Aubins department is responsible for the state’s bird and poultry industry, and is part of the federal government.
The state also has a quarantine plan in place for its poultry farms.