Additional Bird Flu Cases Reported Across Washington

With cases of avian influenza adding up across the state, the Washington state veterinarian is asking bird owners to double down on biosecurity measures. On Wednesday, the WSDA announced the confirmation multiple cases of highly pathogenic avian influenza in non-commercial backyard flocks in Pierce County. State Veterinarian Dr. Amber Itle said those cases were first […]

Grassley, Klobuchar Lead Push for Avian Influenza Outbreak Funding

Iowa Republican Senator Chuck Grassley and Minnesota Democrat Amy Klobuchar led an effort this week for more funding to help address the highly pathogenic avian influenza outbreak. The Senators told the Senate Appropriations Committee leaders, “Although the virus poses minimal risk to human health, it has serious implications for U.S. poultry producers, rural communities, and […]

Vilsack Authorizes Additional CCC Funds for HPAI Response

Last week, Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack approved Commodity Credit Corporation funding to assist USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service response to highly pathogenic avian influenza. The virus has been confirmed in 29 states, affecting more than 33 million domestic birds. APHIS is working closely with state animal health officials on joint incident responses in […]

Bird Flu Reported In Oregon Washington

The Highly Parthenogenic Avian Influenza has been reported in both Oregon and Washington. Officials with the Oregon Department of Agriculture confirmed the cases late last week that a Linn County backyard flock. Dr. Ryan Scholz, Oregon Department of Agriculture State Veterinarian, said the owner reported three geese that exhibited neurological and respiratory signs, and then […]