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Dec 20, 2014

04:52:15 GMT--Biological Hazard - North-America - USA



EDIS Number: BH-20141220-46382-USA

Date / time: 20/12/2014 04:50:48 [UTC]

Event: Biological Hazard

Area: North-America

Country: USA

State/County: State of Oregon

Location: Winston

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

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According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), the agency found the disease known as bird flu in backyard chickens in Oregon. On Friday, the USDA reported their findings of the highly pathogenic avian influenza H5N8 detected in a flock of about 100 birds, like chickens and guinea fowl in Winston, Oregon. The USDA says there's no immediate public health concern, "Birds from the affected backyard flock will not enter the food chain. All poultry, poultry products, and wild birds are safe to eat as long as they are properly handled and cooked." This strain of virus is H5N8, which has not been found in any commercial poultry in the U.S. to date. However, USDA's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service reported cases of avian influenza in wild birds in the state of Washington, earlier this week. Tom Elam is the president of FarmEcon LLC in Carmel, Indiana. For more than 30 years, Tom has studied the poultry market. Bloomberg Businessweek reports Tom Elam's thoughts on this recent discovery "A commercial flock operated responsibly would have very little risk of contagion. It's not something you want to panic about. But you have to realize that even in the best situation, things can happen. It's disturbing, but at this point, it's not a disaster." Will Sawyer, vice president of U.S. animal protein research for Rabobank International in Atlanta said this in a Bloomberg Businessweek telephone interview. "The bird flu is on the west coast of the U.S., and it's being moved by these migratory birds that are being moved from north to south. That should give us confidence that if it does continue to move, it'll move in that direction and not towards the southeastern U.S." Sawyer elaborated that the American commercial poultry industry is centered in southeastern parts of the U.S. According to Rabobank, the avian influenza, H5N8 has also been found in birds in Mexico, India, Egypt, and Europe. The U.S., South Africa, and Taiwan have imposed impermanent restrictions on poultry from British Columbia, the third-largest turkey-producing province in Canada due to their recent bird-flu outbreak where close to 155,000 bird died from the virus, or were euthanized with carbon dioxide gas, then composted. The outbreak took place on eight sites along Washington state and British Columbia borders. In other parts of the world, birds have carried the H5N8 virus without infecting humans. Presently agriculture officials say egg products and poultry meat and are safe to eat.




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