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Wild Duck, Captive Falcon Infected with Bird Flu in Washington
….The H5N2 virus, which has struck 10 B.C. poultry farms, was found in a northern pintail duck. A separate highly contagious avian influenza strain, H5N8, was found in a gryfalcon, which died after eating a hunter-killed wild duck.
Both types are equally dangerous, State Veterinarian Joe Baker said. ….
….Baker said he believes this was the first time a highly pathogenic strain of avian influenza has been found in Washington state.
….Humans are rarely affected by avian influenza and there has never been a reported instance of a person becoming ill from an infected bird in the United States, although some cases have occurred in foreign countries where people have come in close contact with infected birds, according to WSDA.
The virus can be spread by direct contact with infected birds, contaminated equipment and through airborne transmission over short distances. The virus is found in feces, saliva and respiratory secretions of birds carrying the disease.
….if the past couple of years has taught us anything, it is that the number of new avian flu subtypes continues to rise, and that the challenges of keeping them at bay are only going to increase with time.
VANCOUVER -- The Fraser Valley bird flu outbreak has spread to Langley, B.C., affecting another 53,000 birds. The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) has confirmed the presence of avian influenza on an egg-laying farm in Langley, bringing the total number of infected birds to nearly 234,000.
The virus is easily destroyed by cooking so there is no reason to worry. Poultry and eggs can be safely eaten as long as they are handled hygienically and cooked thoroughly.
(Reuters) - German authorities have confirmed a case of the H5N8 strain of bird flu at a Turkey farm in the north western state of Lower Saxony, a spokesman for the state's agriculture ministry said on Tuesday.
The strain is highly contagious among birds but has never been detected in humans.
The first H5N8 case in Germany was confirmed on Nov. 4 on a poultry farm in the eastern state of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern. A second was found in a wild bird on Nov. 22.