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Japan Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries confirms Benton City Washington backyard farm infected with H5N2.

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In poultry farmers of Washington, USA, that the occurrence of highly pathogenic avian influenza (H5N2 subtype) was confirmed, yesterday (Sunday, January 4, 2015), there was a report from the country's animal health authorities.

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PostPosted: Tue Jan 06, 2015 6:58 pm 
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Bird flu strikes backyard flock in Washington
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Published: January 2, 2015 5:08PM
Highly pathogenic bird flu has been found in a backyard flock of poultry in Benton County, Wash.


A second Northwest backyard flock has been infected with highly pathogenic avian influenza.

The birds’ owner contacted the Washington Department of Agriculture after about 50 birds in a 150-bird flock of chickens, turkeys and domestic waterfowl in Benton County in south-central Washington state died in the last week.

WSDA said Friday that Washington State University’s Animal Disease Diagnostic Laboratory in Pullman confirmed that highly pathogenic H5 bird flu had infected the flock.

Samples were sent Friday to a U.S. Department of Agriculture laboratory in Ames, Iowa, for more tests to pinpoint the type of virus, WSDA spokesman Hector Castro said.

The infection is likely to be another setback for the U.S. poultry industry.

Several countries banned U.S. poultry and poultry products after a 100-bird backyard flock in Douglas County in southern Oregon was struck with bird flu in December.

Also in mid-December, a wild northern pintail duck and a captive gyrfalcon fed wild duck were found to have had highly pathogenic bird flu in Whatcom County in Washington.

No U.S. commercial flocks have been infected. USDA has characterized bans on U.S. poultry as an overreaction since avian influenza does not affect poultry meat or eggs, which remain safe to eat.

Like the Oregon flock, the backyard flock near Benton City, west of the Tri-Cities, had access to the outdoors. The premises include a pond used by migratory waterfowl. Officials suspect the wild birds spread the virus to domestic birds.

“The presence of the virus in migratory waterfowl is a risk to backyard poultry. One step owners should take is preventing contact between their birds and wild birds,” State Veterinarian Joe Baker said in a written statement.

Castro said WSDA is working with the USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service to contain the virus.

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.

Highly pathogenic H5N2 bird flu claimed some 245,600 birds at 11 commercial poultry farms in British Columbia, Canada, between Dec. 1 and Dec. 17. An 85-bird backyard flock in the same area was reported infected Dec. 19.

Highly pathogenic H5N8, related to the H5N2 strain, appeared in several Asian and European countries in November and December as migratory waterfowl that breed in Alaska and northeast Asia moved south.

According to the World Organization for Animal Health, no humans have been infected. But the organization cautioned authorities to be on the alert because avian influenza strains mutate.

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