SPOKANE, Wash. — The second optimistic case of avian influenza in Washington was present in a non-commercial yard flock in Spokane County.
The Washington State Department of Agriculture and the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal Plant Health Inspection Service confirmed the optimistic check on Saturday. The affected flock is a mixture of about 75 geese, chickens, geese and guinea fowl.
A personal veterinarian submitted a lifeless goose that exhibited uncommon habits previous to demise, together with strolling abnormally, shaking its head, not shifting, and exhibiting an absence of worry of people.
This marks the second confirmed case of the fowl flu in Washington state, with the primary being on Thursday in Pacific County.
There aren’t any detections in industrial poultry within the state. The contaminated birds have been quarantined and euthanized to forestall the unfold of the illness. Birds from the flock won’t enter the meals system.
There is not any speedy public well being concern because of the avian influenza virus detected. Avian influenza doesn’t have an effect on poultry meat or egg merchandise, which stay fit for human consumption. As all the time, each wild and home poultry needs to be correctly cooked.
Avian influenza could be transmitted from wild birds to home birds by direct contact, fecal contamination, transmission by the air, environmental contamination, and shared water sources. Both wild and home waterfowl could be contaminated with the virus and never present indicators of illness.
“This second detection demonstrates how Washington is not immune to this virus and I can’t emphasize enough how important it is to avoid exposure to wild waterfowl and shorebirds,” Dr. Amber Itle, state veterinarian, stated. “One step owners should continue to take is preventing contact between their birds and wild birds by eliminating access to ponds or standing water on your property and keeping different domestic species like ducks and geese penned separately from chickens and turkeys.”
Reducing or eliminating contact between wild birds and home flocks is the easiest way to guard home birds from the illness. Bird house owners can deliver their flocks inside and undercover to guard them from wild waterfowl.
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