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December 19, 2014 at 7:03 PM

Avian flu found in poultry in southern Oregon

The Associated Press

SALEM, Ore. — Avian flu has been found in a backyard flock of poultry in southern Oregon.

The Oregon Department of Agriculture said Friday the same strain of the virus H5N8 that was recently discovered in a gyrfalcon in Washington state was found in a flock of about 100 chickens and guinea fowl kept privately in the Douglas County town Winston, which is not far from Roseburg.

State veterinarian Dr. Brad LeaMaster said avian flu had not been found anywhere else in Oregon. He advised people — especially commercial poultry operations — to report sick birds and take steps to assure their flocks don’t contact wild birds.

The department said this strain of the virus has not spread to humans anywhere and said the meat and eggs of infected birds are safe to eat and should be properly cooked.

Comments | Topics: Avian flu, Douglas County, Ore.

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