Last week, the Oregon Department of Agriculture announced the confirmation of the state’s first detection of highly pathogenic avian influenza in a non-commercial flock.  According to USDA, the flock was discovered November 29th in Columbia County, and included roughly 20 chickens.  


ODA personnel, in partnership with the USDA, humanely euthanized the birds on the property to prevent the spread of the disease.  Investigators say birds from the flock will not enter the food system, and there is no immediate public health concern due to the bird flu detection.  But, as a reminder, ODA says the proper handling and cooking of all poultry and eggs to an internal temperature of 165 ˚F is recommended as a general food safety precaution.


ODA 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, by calling (503) 986-4711, or (800) 347-7028.


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