Highly contagious bird flu found in 2 Idaho chicken flocks

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Posted at 3:54 PM, Apr 15, 2022
and last updated 2022-04-15 17:54:35-04

A highly contagious form of avian influenza has been found in two Idaho chicken flocks, prompting state agriculture officials to warn bird owners to take extra protections when interacting with their flocks.

The Idaho State Department of Agriculture announced Friday that Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza, commonly called bird flu, was detected in the domestic flocks located roughly 200 miles apart in Gooding and Caribou counties. The virus, which can be transmitted by migrating birds, has been spreading across the U.S. since February, putting poultry farms and zoos on high alert.

Wyoming, Colorado and Montana were among the states that reported new cases this month.