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    (CBS4) — Pathologists with Colorado Parks and Wildlife (CPW) confirmed Friday the most recent positive test for highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) among the state’s wild bird population has come from a pelican found May 4 in Jackson County. In a press release Friday, CPW stated the pelican was euthanized and tested after it exhibited HPAI symptoms. Since March 24, when the first confirmed HPAI case was found in wild geese in northeastern Colorado, the disease has been confirmed in several species of wild birds in Routt, Jackson and Grand counties in Colorado. The state’s first case of the disease in flock of domestic birds was discovered last month in Pitkin County. The state health department announced the first human positive test of the bird flu little more than two weeks ago. An inmate with a state correctional facility in Delta County became ill after working at a poultry facility in Montrose County. That flock was destroyed. File photo. (credit: CBS) CPW advised hunters to wear rubber or latex gloves when handling or dressing wild game birds whenever possible, to...
    A baby fox has tested positive for bird flu H5N1 in Minnesota, officials have revealed, in what is thought to be the first case in a wild mammal detected in America. The State's Department of Natural Resources said the kit was taken in by a member of the public in Anoka County, near Minneapolis, but later died in their care. It was unclear whether the kit had caught the bird flu in the wild, or rather from eating chickens at poultry farms facing an outbreak of the virus. The case is believed to be the first confirmed bird flu infection in a mammal in America, and the third in a fox globally after two cases were detected in Ontario, Canada, last week. It underlines the risk of bird flu — which has led to 24million chickens and turkeys being culled this year — spreading to other mammals including humans. Last month a prison inmate in Colorado tested positive for bird flu strain H5 after helping to euthanize an infected flock on a poultry farm. The individual was isolated with 'very...
    PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — An avian flu that’s spreading quickly across the U.S. has been detected in Oregon for the first time since 2015, in a backyard flock of birds in a rural area, authorities said. The presence of the highly contagious virus in Linn County, about 110 miles (177 kilometers) southeast of Portland, was confirmed Friday by federal officials after state officials conducted preliminary testing, the Oregon Department of Agriculture said in a statement. The latest outbreak has led to the culling of about 37 million chickens and turkeys in U.S. farms since February, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture has confirmed 956 cases of bird flu in wild birds, including at least 54 bald eagles. But the actual number is likely significantly higher because not every wild bird that dies is tested and the federal tally doesn’t include cases recorded by wildlife rehabilitation centers. The discovery of the avian flu in the Pacific Northwest wasn’t unexpected as the virus has been spreading rapidly across the country in both domestic and wild birds. An infected bald eagle was found...
    DEAR JOAN: I am concerned because of an article I read about the bird flu headed our way. It advised that it would be wise to eliminate bird feeders and birdbaths for a couple of months. Can you tell me if that pertains to San Benito County? Kathy Larabell, Hollister DEAR KATHY: While the bird flu has been reported in several states, there have been no cases detected in California. The disease is deadly, but it is more of a concern at poultry farms, where huge numbers of birds can become infected. That’s not to say we shouldn’t worry about wild birds. Anywhere birds gather in large numbers can become a super spreader event. The state has tightened restrictions on poultry coming into California, and poultry farmers are motivated to prevent an outbreak in their flocks. The state has not asked that bird fanciers take down feeders or birdbaths at this point, but if the disease crosses into California, we should be prepared to do that. Keep an eye out for sick or dead birds, and if you see any,...
    ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The Minnesota Legislature rushed through $1 million in emergency funding Thursday to bolster the fight against bird flu, a highly contagious disease that has cost the state’s turkey farmers more than 1 million birds. Senate Agriculture Committee Chairman Torrey Westrom, of Elbow Lake, pointed out before the unanimous vote in the Senate and the 129-1 vote in the House that the number of Minnesota farms and birds affected by the highly pathogenic form of bird flu has doubled in less than a week. READ MORE: Wis. Gov. Evers Vetoes More Than 40 Republican-Backed BillsMinnesota is the top turkey producing state, with nearly 700 farms that raise about 40 million birds per year. According to an update on Thursday from the Board of Animal Health, the virus had infected 19 commercial turkey farms and two backyard flocks in 11 Minnesota counties with a combined 1,017,568 birds. Across the U.S., the outbreak is the biggest since 2015, when producers had to kill more than 50 million birds to keep the virus from spreading. Cases have been reported...
    God bless America. There's a bird flu outbreak in the United States, and a bald eagle has caught it in Delaware County, Pennsylvania. The current avian flu outbreak, first reported in a commercial turkey flock in Indiana, is considered the worst since 2015. While the outbreak is driving up the price of eggs and chicken nationwide, properly cooked foul is harmless to humans even when it's infected by the flu, agriculture experts say.  According to a map provided by the National Wildlife Health Center, no commercial or backyard flocks in Pennsylvania have been tested positive for avian flu, but spring can change that fast, US Department of Agriculture officials say. The map shows the bald eagle was found positive in Chester, PA, on March 24. Other outbreaks in the Northeast have been reported in 21 Mallard ducks in Cape May, NJ; geese and ducks in Upstate New York; Sanderling birds on Long Island; ducks in New London, New Haven and Middlesex, CT; Lesser scaup birds in Kent, MD; and geese, ducks and wild birds in Delaware. Click here for a...
    There's a bird flu outbreak in the United States, but so far only wild ducks have been infected in New Jersey, specifically in Cape May, authorities said. While the outbreak is driving up the price of eggs and chicken nationwide, properly cooked foul is harmless to humans even when it's infected by the flu, agriculture experts say.  The current bird flu outbreak, first reported in a commercial turkey flock in Indiana, is considered the worst since 2015. In New Jersey, 21 Mallard ducks in Cape May have tested positive for the flu so far, according to USDA findings from February. According to a map provided by the National Wildlife Health Center, no commercial or backyard flocks in New Jersey have been infected.  Other outbreaks in the Northeast have been reported in geese and ducks in Upstate New York; a bald eagle in Chester PA; Sanderling birds on Long Island; ducks in New London, New Haven and Middlesex, CT; Lesser scaup birds in Kent, MD; and geese, ducks and wild birds in Delaware. Click here for a map of birds that have...
    CHINA has reported two deaths from bird flu after five new H5N6 cases were confirmed as the WHO calls for "urgent" action. A jump in the number of people infected with bird flu in China last year has raised concern among experts, who warned the strain could be more infectious to humans. 2Two people have now died in China from bird flu, while the other three remain in hospitalCredit: AFP 2Staff inject chickens with a bird flu vaccineCredit: Reuters The Hong Kong Health Department said five people in Sichuan province, Zhejiang province, and the Guangxi Autonomous Region were infected with the avian influenza strain in December last year. Two people have now died, while the other three remain in hospital fighting for their lives, officials said in a statement. A 75-year-old man from Luzhou in Sichuan province fell ill on December 1 after exposure to live domestic poultry. He was rushed to hospital four days later and died on December 12. A 54-year-old man from Leshan in the same province also fell ill on December 8 and died...
    The bird flu has made a return, cropping up around Europe and Asia in recent weeks. Several outbreaks of severe bird flu in Europe and Asia have been reported in recent days to the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE), in a sign the virus is spreading quickly again.  The spread of highly pathogenic avian influenza, commonly called bird flu, has put the poultry industry on alert, hoping to control the spread. An outbreak among poultry could lead to millions of bird needing to be culled, which would prove to be a financial nightmare for the industry.  The avian flu, or 'bird flu' as it is often referred to, has been discovered across Asia and Europe, including in China, Japan, South Korea, Belgium, France and the Netherlands in recent months. Pictured: Indian health care workers cull infected ducks on January 5 Birds that are infected with the bird flu must be culled to control spread of the virus. The bird flu often breaks out during the fall months as birds begin to migrate across the world due to the cold...
    BIRD flu had spread through the UK - with two deadly outbreaks in England and Wales. While, as the name suggests, it largely affects birds, it can also be passed to humans. 2A number of outbreaks have been reported in the UKCredit: AFP The risk to the public is low, but cases can show up in people. Cases amongst birds are on the rise in the country, with a flock of poultry near Dundee culled, a case found in Worcestershire and infections in wild birds and poultry detected in Wrexham. The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs have set up prevention zones to stop the spread. In a statement a spokesman said: "Properly cooked poultry and poultry products, including eggs, are safe to eat." Avian flu, more commonly known as bird flu, spreads bird-to-bird through direct contact or through contaminated body fluids and faeces, according to Defra. The virus can also be spread by contaminated feed and water or by dirty vehicles, clothing and footwear.  Most read in Health NewsDRUG DEAL 'Game-changer' oral Covid pill that ‘slashes death risk’ approved on...
    What may prove to be the first case of the H10N3 strain of bird flu passing to a human has been detected in China, reports said Tuesday, as local health authorities assured the world the risk of large-scale spread is “low.” AP reports a man in eastern China has contracted the strain, with the 41-year-old in Jiangsu province, northwest of Shanghai,  hospitalized April 28. He remains in a stable condition, the National Health Commission (NHC) said on its website, and his close contacts had reported no “abnormalities.” No human case of H10N3 has been reported elsewhere, the commission said. “This infection is an accidental cross-species transmission,” its statement said. “The risk of large-scale transmission is low.” H10N3 is a less severe strain of the virus in poultry. The most well-known avian flu strain, H5N1, has a 60 percent mortality rate, but the U.S. has yet to report any infections among people, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. While many different strains of avian influenza are currently in China, there have been no significant numbers of human infections since the H7N9 strain killed about 300...
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