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PostPosted: Tue Jan 20, 2015 1:09 pm 
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Background information by the Colorado Fish and Wildlife indicates there have been two additional instances of H5 in Idaho involving a hunter killed bird as well as more pet falcons dying after being fed a contaminated duck.

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PostPosted: Tue Jan 20, 2015 1:10 pm 
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We are contacting you to provide information on the recent detection of highly pathogenic avian
influenza (HPAI) in other western states. To give you a brief background, two strains of HPAI (H5N2 and
H5N8) were detected in domestic backyard bird flocks and wild waterfowl in northern Washington and
Oregon in December 2014. In addition, H5N8 was detected in wild ducks in California in December 2014.
In January 2015 an American widgeon sampled in Utah tested positive for HPAI strain H5N8. Idaho has
also reported two detections of avian influenza, one in hunter-killed waterfowl and a second in several
captive falcons that had been fed a wild duck
. Thus far HPAI has not been detected in Colorado.

http://cpw.state.co.us/Documents/Wildli ... luenza.pdf

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PostPosted: Tue Jan 20, 2015 1:30 pm 
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Avian flu may be risk to falcons

January 14, 2015

Dear Oregon Falconers

The recent outbreak of Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI) continues to be found in a broader distribution across Oregon and our neighboring states. Most recently, surveillance has identified the HPAI H5N2 virus in a hunter shot mallard on the Fern Ridge Wildlife Area near Eugene. However, we suspect the HPAI strains (H5N2 and H5N8) to be in wild waterfowl throughout the state. California has also documented the virus in waterfowl and it has been found as far west as Davis County, Utah. In addition, additional falconry birds in Idaho died following consumption of suspected infected waterfowl. To date, we have not seen indications that the virus causes sickness or death in wild waterfowl and no human cases of influenza from these virus strains have been reported anywhere in the world.

With this information, we continue to advise falconers to refrain from hunting wild waterfowl or feeding their birds wild waterfowl meat or organ tissue. Since we are not certain when these virus strains arrived in North America from migratory birds, it is also advised to err on the side of caution when feeding recently stored frozen waterfowl to raptors. The clinical signs observed in affected raptors may include feather fluffing, rhythmic side to side head movements, incoordination or irregular movements, head held at an angle, loss of appetite, loss of balance and motor control, and tremors. These signs are related to neurological disease caused by the virus. If you have a bird exhibiting these signs, we advise that you contact your veterinarian or give us a call at the Wildlife Health Lab.

If you have questions concerning the details of this HPAI viral outbreak or want to discuss the health of your birds, feel free to call us toll-free at 866-968-2600.

Colin Gillin
State Wildlife Veterinarian
Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife
Wildlife Health and Population Laboratory
7118 NE Vandenberg Ave.
Corvallis, OR 97330

http://www.dfw.state.or.us/wildlife/lic ... /falconry/

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PostPosted: Tue Jan 20, 2015 2:22 pm 
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Detail on H5N2 and H5N8 in Idaho

http://www.agri.idaho.gov/Categories/Ne ... 150120.pdf

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