Salem, Ore. – The Oregon Department of Agriculture and other state departments report that bird flu has been detected in Oregon and Washington.
A press conference was held at 2 pm today to discuss the first detections of highly pathogenic avian influenza in Oregon and Washington. Officials from the Washington and Oregon Departments of Agriculture spoke at the conference.
The Oregon Department of Agriculture confirmed that the site of the outbreak in Oregon has been quarantined, and encouraged people to stay away from any biosecurity sites. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention confirmed that there is one case of bird flu in Linn County.
At the press conference officials from the Oregon Department of Agriculture went into more detail about the local outbreak. They said a call about a sick bird on Tuesday morning was revealed to be a case of bird flu after testing at an Oregon State University veterinary lab. Officials say the owner’s flock — totaling over 100 birds of various species — was depopulated and disposed of today. The farm was cleaned and is currently being inspected for further risks of infection. The exact source of this outbreak is unknown.
The Washington State Department of Agriculture said that the bird flu case in Washington was a small flock of about 50 chickens that were all disposed of.
Authorities say that bird flu strains are typically spread by avian fecal matter and contact with infected birds. About 40 different types of bird species could be susceptible to the current strain of bird flu, including some wild birds.
Despite this, the CDC says it’s rare for this bird flu to infect humans.