Continuing presence of avian flu prompts new warning in NH

Agriculture officials are recommending that New England states postpone events that include domestic birds because of the high risk of avian flu. State veterinarian Stephen Crawford said avian flu outbreaks typically happen during the late winter and early spring, following the migration season.Crawford said his office has seen a number of cases in wild birds.”We know that wild waterfowl is a reservoir for all influenza viruses ,” Crawford said. “They often tend to harbor them without any ill effects, but they can have pretty substantial ill effects on domestic birds.”Officials are recommending that the six New England states postpone competitions and in-person events that include domestic birds until July 1. They said the virus historically dies off in the summer months.

Agriculture officials are recommending that New England states postpone events that include domestic birds because of the high risk of avian flu.

New Hampshire officials said the number of avian flu cases in the state is low, but the wild bird migration season is not over. State veterinarian Stephen Crawford said avian flu outbreaks typically happen during the late winter and early spring, following the migration season.

Crawford said his office has seen a number of cases in wild birds.

“We know that wild waterfowl is a reservoir for all influenza viruses,” Crawford said. “They often tend to harbor them without any ill effects, but they can have pretty substantial ill effects on domestic birds.”

Officials are recommending that the six New England states postpone competitions and in-person events that include domestic birds until July 1. They said the virus historically dies off in the summer months.

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