Regional Quarantine Issued for Bend Area Due to Avian Influenza

On July 12, the Oregon Department of Agriculture (ODA) and the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal Plant Health Inspection Service (USDA APHIS) confirmed the state’s fifth detection of highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) in a non-commercial flock in Deschutes County. The affected flock included approximately 30 chickens and 40 ducks and geese.

Because the owners sold their eggs to the public, the USDA classifies the birds as a poultry flock rather than a backyard flock, meaning a regional quarantine is required. In addition, federal and international disease control protocol requires the state veterinarian to issue a regional quarantine. The purpose of the quarantine is to prevent the movement of poultry and poultry products from within the affected area giving state and federal officials time to conduct surveillance to ensure no additional cases of HPAI exist. The quarantine also applies to importing all birds from states where a state or federal quarantine is in place.

The quarantine encompasses the city of Bend and much of the outlying area. ODA will lift the quarantine as regional surveillance is completed.

In partnership with ODA, the USDA humanely euthanized the birds on the property to prevent the spread of the disease. Birds from the flock will not enter the food system. There is no immediate public health concern due to the avian influenza virus detection. Avian influenza does not affect poultry meat or egg products, which remain safe to eat. As always, both wild and domestic poultry should be adequately prepared and cooked.

ODA advises commercial poultry farmers and backyard flock owners to be vigilant with biosecurity measures and surveillance. Reducing or eliminating contact between wild birds and domestic flocks is the best way to protect domestic birds from this disease.

Death or illness among domestic birds should be reported as ODA. Report by calling 503-986-4711 (Alt Phone: 1-800-347-7028).

Courtesy of ODA

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