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PostPosted: Thu Jan 29, 2015 8:52 pm 
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A quarantine zone has been set up around a large game farm in Riverside Washington due to deaths linked to Fujian H5.

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Quarantine set in Okanogan County to control poultry movement

OLYMPIA – The Washington State Department of Agriculture (WSDA) has adopted an emergency rule to establish a quarantine zone in parts of Okanogan County, covering an area of approximately six miles around a site in Riverside where avian influenza was detected in a flock of game birds.
The quarantine restricts the movement of eggs, poultry or poultry products within and out of the identified zone with exemptions made for operations that obtain special permits and meet specific criteria. Visit http://www.agr.wa.gov/lawsrules/rulemaking to see the complete rule adopted today and a detailed map of the quarantine.
Currently, a quarantine zone also covers part of Clallam County where a backyard flock was identified as having avian influenza. That quarantine has been in place since Jan. 21. An earlier quarantine in parts of Benton and Franklin counties was lifted on Jan. 27.
This most recent case of avian influenza was discovered after the flock owners contacted WSDA to report that approximately 40 pheasants and 12 turkeys had died. Samples from the birds were tested and results showed the birds were infected with avian influenza, although more detailed testing is taking place to confirm the virus strain.
Today, a team of veterinarians from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) visited the area to contact bird owners in the immediate vicinity of the infected flock in order to obtain samples for testing. The two agencies are working with Okanogan County Public Health and the flock owners to develop a response plan to this latest report.
The site of the flock is under quarantine and no birds are being moved from the property. As recently as November, the flock owners had tests run on their birds which, at that time, showed no sign of avian influenza in the flock.
Because migratory wild waterfowl populations can carry the disease, including the highly-pathogenic strains of avian influenza (H5N2 and H5N8), WSDA is encouraging bird owners to protect their domestic birds from contact with wild waterfowl and remain vigilant in their biosecurity measures.
There is no immediate public health concern due to the avian influenza virus detected, however public health officials routinely contact owners of infected flocks as a precaution. Avian influenza does not affect poultry meat or egg products, which remain safe to eat. As always, both wild and domestic poultry should be properly cooked.
Deaths or illness among domestic birds should be reported to the WSDA Avian Health Program at 1-800-606-3056. For wild birds, contact the Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife at 1-800-606-8768.

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PostPosted: Thu Jan 29, 2015 8:55 pm 
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Bird flu strikes game bird farm in Washington

Don Jenkins
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January 29, 2015 2:28PM
Highly pathogenic bird flu has broke out game bird farm in Okanogan County in north-central Washington.

A 5,000-bird game flock in Okanogan County has been infected with highly pathogenic bird flu, according to the Washington State Department of Agriculture.

It’s the largest avian influenza outbreak to date in Washington, where three non-commercial flocks in other parts of the state had previously been infected, apparently by migrating birds. Wild birds and a captive falcon that died after eating wild duck also tested positive for bird flu.

“There’s no real way to predict where it might crop up,” WSDA spokesman Hector Casto said.

The owner of the flock in Riverside, near Omak, reported this past weekend to the WSDA that about 40 pheasants and 12 turkeys had died.

The Washington State University laboratory in Puyallup confirmed the birds had been sicked by highly pathogenic bird flu, as opposed to a less contagious and less lethal low pathogenic strain.

Samples have been sent to a U.S. Department of Agriculture in Ames, Iowa, to pinpoint the strain. So far, three different highly pathogenic bird flu strains have been found in Washington since mid-December.

Castro said the flock has been quarantined and will be destroyed. WSDA plans to establish a larger quarantine zone around the game farm to restrict the movement of birds and poultry products. The WSDA has not released the name of the flock’s owners.

Castro said the flock tested negative for bird flu in November, but that was before bird flu first appeared in the region. Bird flu was confirmed Dec. 1 in a British Columbia, Canada, poultry farm near the Washington border. Between Dec. 1-19, 11 B.C. commercial poultry operations and an 85-bird backyard flock fell victim to the virus.

Highly pathogenic bird flu was confirmed last week in a 145,000-bird Foster Farms turkey farm in Stanislaus County, Calif., the first U.S. commercial operation to be infected.

Backyard flocks also have been infected in Oregon and Idaho.

The Oregon Department of Agriculture on Wednesday lifted a quarantine in place since mid-December around the premises where a backyard flock in Winston in Douglas County was infected in mid-December.

WSDA last week lifted a quarantine in Benton and Franklin counties around where two backyard flocks were exposed to the virus in early January.

A quarantine remains in place where a non-commercial flock in Clallam County was infected.

WSDA and USDA officials have take samples from birds at 32 places inside the quarantine zone, and all tested negative for bird flu, Castro said.

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PostPosted: Thu Jan 29, 2015 9:28 pm 
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First case of bird flu found in county — Hotline set up

by Gary DeVon on January 29, 2015 in News
Hotline set up to report sick poultry

RIVERSIDE – Forty pheasants and a dozen turkeys from a game flock of about about 5000 birds in the Riverside area, have been found to have contracted avian influenza, or bird flu, according to Hector Castro wi with the Washington State Department of Agriculture.

Samples from the birds. Samples from the birds were tested and confirmed positive for highly pathogenic avian influenza on Tuesday, Jan. 27. The specific strain of avian influenza has not yet been identified, according to Castro.

On Thursday, Jan. 29, a team of veterinarians from USDA and WSDA will begin assessing the area for poultry flocks and contacting bird owners in the immediate vicinity of the infected flock. The WSDA, USDA and Okanogan County Public health are working with the flock owners in developing a response plan to this latest report, he said. That plan has not been finalized and no details are available at this time.

The site of the flock is under quarantine and no birds are being moved from the property. As recently as November, the flock owners had their birds tested and, at that time, they showed no sign of avian influenza in the flock.

Other outbreaks of the avian flu have been reported in Clallam, Benton and Franklin county, but involved much smaller numbers of poultry. WSDA continues to advise commercial poultry growers and backyard flock owners to be vigilant with biosecurity measures. This should include limiting contact between your birds and wild birds, especially waterfowl.

Three strains of avian influenza have now been detected in Washington state:

H5N8 – found in a falcon fed wild duck
H5N2 – detected in a wild duck in Whatcom County, in two backyard flocks in Benton County, and in a backyard flock in Clallam County.
H5N1 – detected in a wild duck in Whatcom County
This sub-type of the H5N1 virus detected in Whatcom County is genetically different from the virus with the same designation that has circulated in Europe and Asia in recent years. The Eurasian H5N1 has infected people. To date, there have been no cases in the United States of humans becoming ill from any of these viruses.

Deaths or illness among domestic birds should be reported to the WSDA Avian Health Program at 1-800-606-3056.

While the risk to the public is low, it is not zero. People with known close contact with infected birds, including owners of infected flocks, will be contacted by public health officials as a precautionary measure.

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PostPosted: Thu Jan 29, 2015 9:42 pm 
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Agriculture Officials To Kill 5,000 Birds In Washington State Due To Avian Flu Outbreak
Northwest News Network | Jan. 29, 2015 5:03 p.m.

CONTRIBUTED BY:
Anna King

Government agriculture officials will kill 5,000 pheasants and turkeys due to a bird flu outbreak at a hunting operation Washington’s Okanogan county.

About 40 birds at a game farm in Riverside, Wash. were ill over the weekend and tested positive for bird flu. The U.S. Department of Agriculture and the state of Washington will kill the entire flock and establish a quarantine around it.

The birds are used for private hunting excursions and retriever training. The flock represents the largest number of birds the state has had to kill during 2015 bird flu outbreaks.

Washington state has now lifted a quarantine in the Tri-Cities but one in Port Angeles remains. No new cases have been found in either location.

An outbreak in California led to 146,000 turkeys being killed at a commercial operation. Several countries including China have banned poultry and eggs from the United States.

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PostPosted: Thu Jan 29, 2015 10:32 pm 
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Fujian H5N2 map updated

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PostPosted: Tue Feb 03, 2015 9:02 pm 
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Washington State sets up third poultry quarantine amid avian flu worries
BY P.J. HUFFSTUTTER
Tue Feb 3, 2015 2:52pm EST

(Reuters) - The state of Washington said Tuesday it has established a third poultry quarantine zone after state officials discovered that a flock of about 100 birds in Okanogan County was infected with the avian influenza virus.

The Washington State Department of Agriculture adopted an emergency rule on Sunday to establish the new quarantine area, which encompasses a six-mile area in Oroville, Wash., state officials said.

State officials are conducting additional tests to identify the specific flue strain that infected the flock. About half of the 100 birds have died, according to agriculture officials.

The quarantine generally restricts the movement of all eggs, poultry or poultry products from leaving that area.

The state had set up the first emergency quarantine in the area on Jan. 29, after a flock of nearly 5,000 birds tested positive for the H5N2 influenza strain. Another quarantine zone was also set up in Clallam County, in response to a separate infected flock.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture said at the time the virus did not pose a health risk to the public, and birds and other poultry products from such infected flocks would not enter the food system.

Regardless, China last month banned all imports of U.S. poultry products and eggs following the discovery of avian influenza in the U.S. Pacific Northwest, the USDA said. All poultry shipped to China after Jan. 8 was to be returned or destroyed, the agency said. [ID:nL1N0UR2FQ]

The virus is extremely contagious among poultry and can spread rapidly through a flock, killing birds in as little as 48 hours. The H5N2 strain has also been found in backyard chicken flocks in Idaho.

A different strain, H5N8, forced a temporary quarantine of a Foster Farms turkey ranch in California last month, with the birds destroyed to prevent the spread of the disease to migratory and commercial flocks.

(Reporting By P.J. Huffstutter in Chicago; Editing by Grant McCool)

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PostPosted: Tue Feb 03, 2015 9:04 pm 
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Washington State sets up third poultry quarantine amid avian flu worries
BY P.J. HUFFSTUTTER
Tue Feb 3, 2015 2:52pm EST

(Reuters) - The state of Washington said Tuesday it has established a third poultry quarantine zone after state officials discovered that a flock of about 100 birds in Okanogan County was infected with the avian influenza virus.

The Washington State Department of Agriculture adopted an emergency rule on Sunday to establish the new quarantine area, which encompasses a six-mile area in Oroville, Wash., state officials said.

State officials are conducting additional tests to identify the specific flue strain that infected the flock. About half of the 100 birds have died, according to agriculture officials.

The quarantine generally restricts the movement of all eggs, poultry or poultry products from leaving that area.

The state had set up the first emergency quarantine in the area on Jan. 29, after a flock of nearly 5,000 birds tested positive for the H5N2 influenza strain. Another quarantine zone was also set up in Clallam County, in response to a separate infected flock.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture said at the time the virus did not pose a health risk to the public, and birds and other poultry products from such infected flocks would not enter the food system.

Regardless, China last month banned all imports of U.S. poultry products and eggs following the discovery of avian influenza in the U.S. Pacific Northwest, the USDA said. All poultry shipped to China after Jan. 8 was to be returned or destroyed, the agency said. [ID:nL1N0UR2FQ]

The virus is extremely contagious among poultry and can spread rapidly through a flock, killing birds in as little as 48 hours. The H5N2 strain has also been found in backyard chicken flocks in Idaho.

A different strain, H5N8, forced a temporary quarantine of a Foster Farms turkey ranch in California last month, with the birds destroyed to prevent the spread of the disease to migratory and commercial flocks.

(Reporting By P.J. Huffstutter in Chicago; Editing by Grant McCool)

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http://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/f ... ects-birds?

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PostPosted: Tue Feb 03, 2015 9:38 pm 
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Feb. 3, 2015

Contact: Hector Castro
(360) 902-1815 WASHINGTON STATE DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE
P.O. Box 42560, Olympia, Washington 98504-2560

This news release is also available as a PDF.
Second quarantine set in Okanogan County to control poultry movement

OLYMPIA — The Washington State Department of Agriculture (WSDA) yesterday adopted an emergency rule to establish a second quarantine zone in Okanogan County, covering an area of roughly six miles around a site in Oroville where avian influenza was confirmed in a flock of mixed poultry and other birds.

The quarantine restricts the movement of eggs, poultry or poultry products out of the identified zone with exemptions made for operations that obtain special permits and meet specific criteria. Visit www.agr.wa.gov/LawsRules/Rulemaking to view the complete rule and a map of the quarantine area.

WSDA received test results on Saturday, Jan. 31 that found the flock was infected with the avian influenza virus, though additional tests will be needed to identify the specific strain. This second infected flock consists of about 100 birds, with at least half already succumbing to the disease.

The quarantine is the second established quarantine in Okanogan County. The agency established the first quarantine on Jan. 29 in an area around Riverside where a flock of nearly 5,000 mixed birds has been confirmed as positive for highly pathogenic avian influenza H5N2. A team of veterinarians from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and WSDA are working on response plans for both flocks.

Currently, WSDA has a third avian influenza quarantine zone in place in Clallam County, a response to an infected flock discovered there. Tests on birds from flocks in the surrounding area have all come back negative for avian influenza.

Because migratory wild waterfowl populations can carry the disease, including the highly-pathogenic strains of avian influenza (H5N2 and H5N8), WSDA is encouraging bird owners to protect their domestic birds from contact with wild waterfowl and remain vigilant in their biosecurity measures.

There is no immediate public health concern due to the avian influenza virus detected, however public health officials routinely contact owners of infected flocks as a precaution. Avian influenza does not affect poultry meat or egg products, which remain safe to eat. As always, both wild and domestic poultry should be properly cooked.

Deaths or illness among domestic birds should be reported to the WSDA Avian Health Program at 1-800-606-3056. For wild birds, contact the Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife at 1-800-606-8768.

http://agr.wa.gov/News/2015/15-08.aspx

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