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2 quarantine zones in Okanogan County during Bird Flu outbreak investigation

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The Washington State Department of Agriculture announced there are now 2 quarantine zones in parts of Okanogan County where avian influenza (commonly known as Bird Flu) has detected in 2 different bird flocks. The Washington State Department of Agriculture announced there are now 2 quarantine zones in parts of Okanogan County where avian influenza (commonly known as Bird Flu) has detected in 2 different bird flocks.
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The Washington State Department of Agriculture announced there are now 2 quarantine zones in parts of Okanogan County where avian influenza (commonly known as Bird Flu) has detected in 2 different bird flocks. The first quarantine zone is just north of Riverside, WA where 50 birds were found to have Bird Flu in a flock of about 5,000. Most of that flock is comprised of game birds. The second outbreak is on the east side of Lake Osoyoos, along the Canadian border. The site of the flocks are under quarantine and no birds are being moved from the property.

KHQ spoke with a representative from the Public Health Department and asked if there was any concern of the Bird Flu spreading to humans. They told us that this virus strain is not transmissible to humans. In fact, so far they have not seen transmission to humans at all in North America. There have been cases of humans contracting the Bird Flu in Europe and Asia, so public health officials take any outbreak very seriously. The message the Public Health Department asked KHQ to get out is that while there is a low risk of transmission to humans, everyone needs to take precautions when working with birds.

The Dept. of Agriculture says the biggest risk right now is to the Poultry industry. Bird Flu does not affect poultry meat or egg products, which do remain safe to eat. But it could do serious harm if the outbreak spreads to a poultry farm.

Deaths or illness among domestic birds should be reported to the WSDA Avian Health Program at 1-800-606-3056. For wild birds, contact the Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife at 1-800-606-8768.

If you have any questions about Avian Influenza you can call the WSDA Avian hotline 1-800-606-3056.

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