Avian Flu Has Been Detected In Knox County, Maine Birds
According to WMTW, for the first time, avian influenza has been detected in a flock of birds in Knox County.
Investigators from the U.S. Department of Agriculture confirmed the cases.
The government agency did not reveal what type of birds the flu was detected in, but they did say that it was a "non-commercial" flock. So, it was not found in chickens or farm-raised turkeys.
The United States Department of Agriculture Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service is now working to quarantine the property. Officials say they are working to "depopulate" the infected birds so that the virus does not spread and so that the flock does not enter the food system.
The Centers for Disease Control says that, at this tine, the Knox County infection does not present a danger to the human population of the state. There are no reported cases of avian flu in humans in the United States.
In the last few decades, there have been several significant avian influenza outbreaks around the globe. The last significant outbreak in the United States was in 2014-2015. You can read more about that outbreak on Wikipedia.
In order to prevent the spread of the disease, it is suggested that domesticated birds are always kept inside and away from wild birds. If you encounter a sick bird or an unusual bird death, you should call the authorities. The best number to call is the APHIS toll-free tip line at 866.536.7593
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