WSDA Warning Poultry Owners To Watch For Avian Influenza

Poultry owners across Washington have been told to watch for a return of highly pathogenic avian influenza. The USDA has warned Washington and other states that conditions are similar to 2014-15, when bird flu moved across the country, resulting in the deaths of thousands of birds across Washington and millions across the county.

Karla Salp with the Washington state Department of Agriculture says they will host a webinar Tuesday to get needed education out now before any cases are reported. She noted the on-line event will focus on the background of highly pathogenic avian influenza, and then transition to biosecurity measures.

“So, basically practical things that you can do in your own flock to protect them from contracting this disease.”

Salp noted the Washington Ag community has the opportunity now to prevent this from becoming a problem.

“So, it’s really important that people get this information and then take those steps to protect their own flock and their neighbor’s flock from bird flu.”

Tuesday’s webinar starts at 6:30 p.m. Salp noted it is free, but space is limited. Visit the WSDA’s Website to learn more or to register for Tuesday’s class.

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