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New Detection of Bird Flu Found in Okanogan County.

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Washington State Department of Agriculture says a new detection of bird flu has been found in Okanogan County. 

This past weekend, WSDA received a report that several birds in a flock had died in Okanogan County - as many as 40 pheasants and 12 turkeys. 

The flock is a game flock in Riverside, in Okanogan County, and consists of approximately 5,000 birds. Samples from the birds were tested and confirmed positive for highly pathogenic avian influenza on Tuesday. 

The specific strain of avian influenza has not yet been identified. On Thursday, Jan. 29, a team of veterinarians from USDA and WSDA will begin assessing the area for poultry flocks and contacting bird owners in the immediate vicinity of the infected flock. 

The WSDA, USDA and Okanogan County Public health are working with the flock owners in developing a response plan to this latest report. 

Three strains of avian influenza have now been detected in Washington state:

H5N8 - found in a falcon fed wild duck

H5N2 - detected in a wild duck in Whatcom County, in two backyard flocks in Benton County, and in a backyard flock in Clallam County.

H5N1 - detected in a wild duck in Whatcom County

This sub-type of the H5N1 virus detected in Whatcom County is genetically different from the virus with the same designation that has circulated in Europe and Asia in recent years. The Eurasian H5N1 has infected people. 

Washington State Department of Agriculture says to date, there have been no cases in the United States of humans becoming ill from any of these viruses.

Deaths or illness among domestic birds should be reported to the WSDA Avian Health Program at 1-800-606-3056. 


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