Bird flu has been reported again in Oregon.  According to the state Department of Agriculture, Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza was discovered September 28th in two private flocks of 60 chickens and ducks in Tillamook County.  The flock owners didn't sell eggs or other poultry products, so a quarantine isn't required.  The birds were euthanized and won't enter the food system.


These are the first confirmed cases of HPAI in Tillamook County.  Other Oregon counties with confirmed cases of HPAI in 2022 include: Coos, Deschutes, Lane, Linn, and Polk Counties.


ODA in partnership with APHIS, humanely euthanized the flocks 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. Avian influenza does not affect poultry meat or egg products, which remain safe to eat.  Both wild and domestic poultry should be adequately prepared and cooked.


ODA advises 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.  Death or illness among domestic birds should be reported to ODA.  Please report by calling (503)986-4711 or (800)347-7028.


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