Bird Flu Reported In Oregon’s Yamhill County
According to the Oregon Department of Agriculture, Bird Flu has again been reported in a Yamhill County operation. ODA said the November 3rd detection impacted about 100 birds, including chickens, duck, geese, turkeys and emu, all of which were euthanized.
Because the owners sold their eggs to the public the USDA classifies the birds as a poultry flock rather than a backyard flock, meaning federal and international disease control protocols require the state veterinarian to issue a regional quarantine. The purpose of the quarantine is to prevent the movement of poultry and poultry products from within the affected area giving state and federal officials time to conduct surveillance to ensure no additional cases of Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza exist. The quarantine also applies to importing all birds from states where a state or federal quarantine is in place. An interactive map of the quarantine area is available on the ODA’s Website.
The Department of Ag advises commercial poultry farms and backyard flock owners to be vigilant with biosecurity measures and surveillance. Reducing or eliminating contact between wild birds and domestic flocks is the best way to protect domestic birds from this disease. Death or illness among domestic birds should be reported to ODA. You are asked to make your report by calling (503) 986-4711, or (800) 347-7028 can be used as an alternative phone number.
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