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January 30, 2015 at 9:30 AM

Poultry quarantine in Okanogan County for avian flu

The Associated Press OLYMPIA  — The state Department of Agriculture imposed a poultry quarantine Thursday in part of Okanogan County after avian flu was discovered in turkeys and pheasants. The quarantine restricts the movement of eggs and poultry within six miles of the site where the flu was detected in the game birds. A quarantine also is in…

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January 27, 2015 at 8:28 PM

Avian flu quarantine on eggs, poultry lifted in S.E. Washington

The Associated Press OLYMPIA — The Washington Agriculture Department has lifted a quarantine that restricted the movement of eggs, poultry and poultry products in parts of southeast Washington after avian flu was found in two Benton County backyard flocks in December. The department said Tuesday that the outbreak doesn’t appear to have spread beyond those two sites….

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January 13, 2015 at 4:58 PM

Canada’s bird ban leaves Bellingham exporter out in cold

UPDATE at 1 p.m. Wednesday: Rock Creek Farms was able to export 65,000 day-old chicks Tuesday evening to its client in Canada, the Washington State Department of Agriculture said. OLYMPIA — State officials and the Washington State Department of Agriculture have stressed that the recent cases of avian flu in Washington pose no threat to public…

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January 12, 2015 at 1:01 PM

Feds arrive to monitor outbreaks of avian flu in Benton County

The Wenatchee World RICHLAND — A federal team of bird flu experts has been sent to Benton County to ensure proper disposal of two infected flocks and promote biosecurity measures to reduce risk of spreading the disease. The U.S. Department of Agriculture said Friday it had dispatched an incident management team to help state officials further detect…

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January 8, 2015 at 10:02 AM

Avian flu causes emergency poultry quarantine in SE Washington

The Associated Press KENNEWICK — The Washington Agriculture Department declared an emergency quarantine for domestic poultry and eggs in the southeast part of the state to contain the highly contagious avian flu. The quarantine issued Wednesday restricts the movement of chickens, turkeys and other birds out of that zone. It covers an area within 20 miles of…

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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…

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December 16, 2014 at 5:19 PM

Avian flu virus detected in wild birds in Whatcom County

The Associated Press Agriculture officials said Tuesday they have found avian influenza in wild birds in Washington state but there’s no immediate public health concern. The U.S. Department of Agriculture said separate strains of the H5 virus were identified in a northern pintail duck and a gyrfalcon. Both viruses have been found in other parts of the world…

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December 3, 2014 at 6:19 AM

Avian flu outbreak on British Columbia farms

The Associated Press VANCOUVER, B.C. — Avian flu has been discovered at two poultry farms in southwestern British Columbia. Provincial and Canadian officials say the farms are under quarantine and thousands of birds will be killed. There are no reports of the disease being transmitted to humans. Canada’s chief veterinary officer, Harpreet Kochhar, said tests were conducted Sunday after…

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