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New Flock Infected with Avian Flu Identified in Port Angeles

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 PORT ANGELES, WA - Washington State Department of Agriculture says a backyard flock of mixed birds in Port Angeles has been confirmed as positive for the H5N2 avian influenza virus. This is the same strain of the avian influenza virus found in two backyard flocks in Benton County.

WSDA received confirmation from laboratory tests late Friday.

The flock's owner contacted WSDA after at least one bird, a Sebastopol goose, died last week. The owner reported other birds were exhibiting symptoms consistent with avian influenza. 

After confirmation of avian flu was received, a joint USDA/WSDA team visited the flock on Sunday to humanely euthanize the remaining birds. There were 118 birds remaining.  

A surveillance zone will be established around the infected premises where a team of veterinarians will begin visiting other poultry flocks to obtain samples from birds for testing. 

This testing is done to ensure that the avian influenza has not spread beyond the initial site.

WSDA is preparing to establish a quarantine zone in the Port Angeles area once the agency adopts an emergency rule. The size, location and other specifics of the quarantine zone are currently being developed. 

Washington's commercial poultry operations remain free of avian flu.

The WSDA is urging anyone with sick or dead domestic birds to report them to the Avian Health hotline, 1-800-606-3056.