Bird Flu Confirmed In Oregon’s Douglas County
On Friday, the USDA confirmed highly pathogenic avian influenza in a non-commercial flock in Oregon’s Douglas County. The flock included approximately 25 birds, a mix of chickens, ducks, and geese. According to the Oregon Department of Agriculture, the flock owners did not sell eggs or other poultry products from their property therefore federal guidelines do not require a quarantine.
ODA in partnership with USDA, humanely euthanized the flock on the property to prevent the spread of the disease. The birds will not enter the food system. There is no immediate public concern due to the avian influenza virus detection.
ODA is reminding commercial poultry and backyard flock owners to be vigilant with biosecurity measures and surveillance. Preventing any contact between wild birds and domestic flocks is the best way to protect domestic birds from HPAI.
This is the first confirmed case of HPAI in Douglas County. Other Oregon counties with confirmed HPAI cases include Coos, Deschutes, Lane, Linn, Polk, and Tillamook Counties.
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