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Dec 20, 2014

04:27:47 GMT--Biological Hazard - North-America - USA



EDIS Number: BH-20141217-46353-USA

Date / time: 17/12/2014 04:26:23 [UTC]

Event: Biological Hazard

Area: North-America

Country: USA

State/County: State of Washington

Location: [Whatcom County]

Number of Deads: N/A

Number of Injured: N/A

Number of Infected: N/A

Number of Missing: N/A

Number of Affected: N/A

Number of Evacuated: N/A

Damage level: N/A



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The U.S. Department of Agriculture on Tuesday confirmed the presence of two different strains of H5 avian flu virus in wild birds in Whatcom County, but said there was no immediate public health concern. "Both H5N2 and HFN8 viruses have been found in other parts of the world and have not caused any human infection to date," USDA said. The department said HPAI H5N2 avian influenza was was discovered in northern pintail ducks and HPAI H5N8 strain was found in captive Gyrfalcons that were fed hunter-killed wild birds. "Neither virus has been found in commercial poultry anywhere in the United States," USDA said. The finding in Whatcom County was quickly reported and identified due to increased surveillance for avian influenza in light of the strain affecting commercial poultry in British Columbia, the USDA said. The USDA, Washington state and other federal partners are working on additional surveillance and testing of birds in the nearby area. The Washington State Department of Agriculture said it will hold a town hall meeting Thursday to discuss the findings and steps poultry owners should take to protect their birds. The town hall will be held at 6 p.m. Thursday, in the Mount Baker Rotary Building at the Northwest Washington Fairgrounds in Lynden. It is open to the public.




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