For Finn Hill Backyard Chicken Coops

For Finn Hill Backyard Chicken Coops

Washington Poultry Quarantine

The Washington State Dept. of Agriculture has set an emergency quarantine to protect the commercial poultry industry, small poultry farms and poultry fanciers in Washington State from Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza, movement restrictions are being placed on poultry and poultry products from areas in Benton and Franklin County. Backyard flocks of chickens, turkeys, ducks and guinea fowl were found to have avian influenza in the area. More than 700 birds have died or been euthanized. The quarantine could be in effect for up to eight months.

Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI) has recently been found in domestic poultry within Washington State. HPAI is an extremely infectious and fatal form of avian influenza that affects many species of birds and is of particular concern when it affects poultry.

The strain of influenza found in the Benton City birds — H5N2 — is the same as the one found earlier in a wild pintail duck in Whatcom County and in outbreaks in Canada.

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Restricted Area Near Tri-Cities

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