Macmillon’s Macmillen, Ill., facility, which employs about 1,100 people, said it was suspending operations because of an outbreak of H1N1 avian influenza.
The facility, located on the outskirts of Chicago, has been dealing with the outbreak for about a month, said Lisa D. Baugh, a spokeswoman for Macmillons.
Macmillinans plant employs about 2,000 workers.
“We’ve had no cases of avian flu at the facility,” she said.
“We will continue to support the Macmillins plant in their ongoing response to this pandemic.”
Macmillan’s operations in Illinois are not affected by the H1NS19 virus, but it has suspended production of certain parts of its products in response to the outbreak.
MacMillan is not a manufacturer of parts used in the Macs.
Baugher said the company has no plans to restart production.
Macmillen employs about 4,000 people, including about 6,000 in the Chicago area.
It is one of the country’s largest suppliers of industrial and commercial machinery.
The virus has caused widespread illness in several countries, including the United States.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says the H3N2 strain has killed about 11,800 people in the United Nations and the European Union.
In Canada, about 1.4 million people have been infected.
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