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ODA: Highly pathogenic avian influenza detected in Redmond area backyard flock, requiring quarantine area


One of four new locations in Oregon; virus does not affect food products, considered low risk to human health

SALEM, Ore. (KTVZ) — The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Veterinary Services Laboratory recently confirmed the presence of highly pathogenic avian influenza in two commercial poultry operations, as well as two backyard flocks, including one in the Redmond area, the Oregon Department of Agriculture said Friday.

Commercial operations are in Linn and Marion counties, the ODA said, while backyard flocks are in Deschutes and Marion counties.

Around 790,000 birds from affected flocks were euthanized to prevent the spread of the disease and did not enter the food system. The ODA said bird flu does not affect poultry meat or egg products, which remain safe. HPAI is also considered to pose a low risk to human health, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control.

The confirmation at the two commercial poultry operations triggered a state-federal response between the Oregon Department of Agriculture and the USDA. ODA is working closely with USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) on a joint incident response and action plan.

State Veterinarian Dr. Ryan Scholz imposed a regional quarantine around each commercial operation to prevent the movement of poultry and poultry products from the affected area, giving state and federal personnel the time to conduct surveillance to ensure that there are no additional cases of HPAI.

The USDA tracks the number of cases nationally and most recently reports that 47 states have been affected by HPAI, representing approximately 63 million birds nationally.

For more details on the quarantine area, ODA provides an online map. In addition to the map, the online tool allows people to enter their address to determine if their property is included in the quarantine zone. The ODA will lift the quarantine once regional monitoring is complete.

Strains of the highly pathogenic avian influenza virus (HPAI) are extremely contagious, often fatal to chickens, and can spread quickly from one flock to another. ODA continues to advise commercial poultry farmers and backyard flock owners to be vigilant with biosecurity measures and monitoring. Dr. Scholz says: β€œIt is important for commercial and backyard poultry operations to closely monitor the health of their flocks. The most recent cases of HPAI in Oregon reinforce the need to follow strict biosecurity measures, including keeping birds confined without access to wild birds or other domestic flocks.

Biosecurity measures may include:

  • Wash your hands before and after handling your flock
  • Cleaning vehicle tools or equipment
  • Limit unnecessary visitors
  • Disinfect shoes in clean foot baths
  • Change clothes when in contact with birds and more

For more tips on protecting your backyard flock, please visit the ODA online at Avian Influenza or in Spanish at Avian Influenza – Spanish.

Deaths or illnesses among domestic birds must be immediately reported to the ODA. Please report by calling 503-986-4711 (Alt Phone: 1-800-347-7028).

Please contact the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW) for wild birds. Do not collect or handle birds, but report the incident directly to ODFW at 866-968-2600 or Wildlife.Health@odfw.oregon.gov.

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