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Avian Influenza confirmed in Washington State


According to veterinarians with Texas Animal Health Commission (TAHC), two highly pathogenic strains of Avian Influenza (AI) have been detected in Washington State, one in a captive falcon facility and one in a wild duck.
AI has not been discovered in Texas. While some AI viruses affect humans, these particular strains are not a threat to people.
The TAHC is reminding poultry owners to remain vigilant in examining the health of their birds. If birds exhibit unusual death loss or signs of illness, or large scale sickness and mortality of wild birds is observed, everyone is urged to call a private veterinarian or the TAHC immediately at 1-800-8242.
More information abut the AI outbreak in Washington State is available at http://www.aphis.usda.gov/publications/animal_health/2014/SA_WA_avian_influenza.pdf.