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Washington state confirms two more bird flu outbreaks, six in one week

KOMO-TV Seattle logo KOMO-TV Seattle 5/14/2022 Gerald Tracy, KOMONews.com Digital Reporter
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OLYMPIA, Wash. – Two more flocks have come down with the bird flu, according to Washington state officials.

The two new flocks were found in Clallam County and makes it six identified outbreaks since a week ago.

Washington State Department of Agriculture officials and state veterinarians are urging anyone with a flock to be hyper-vigilant.

“With so many suspicious cases in domestic flocks and wild birds pending investigation, I can’t emphasize enough how important it is to avoid exposing your flock to wild waterfowl, shorebirds, and other domestic flocks,” state veterinarian Dr. Amber Itle said.

The new HPAI cases come from non-commercial backyard flocks and were confirmed Wednesday. The flock owners called the sick bird hotline when multiple birds died or came down with the sickness.

Neither flock is related, one had a dozen geese and the other had 10 chickens. Those still alive will be euthanized.

Washington state says there are several other cases under investigation.

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