Christian County Bird Flu Incidence Reported

Caution is being urged for owners of poultry flocks in western Kentucky. Officials at the National Veterinary Services Laboratory in Ames, Iowa, confirmed a finding from the Breathitt Veterinary Clinic last week of low level bird flu pathogens at a Christian County farm. State Veterinarian Dr. Robert Stout says there were no clinical signs of disease in the birds.

The flock was about 22,000 birds and the affected premises is under quarantine. He says they are continuing testing in the surrounding area.

Dr. Stout encourages poultry producers and all other bird owners to take steps to prevent their birds from being infected with avian influenza or other bird diseases.

·        Keep your distance – Isolate your birds from visitors and other birds.
·        Keep it clean – Prevent germs from spreading by cleaning shoes, tools and equipment.
·        Don’t haul disease home – Clean vehicles and cages.
·        Don’t borrow from your neighbor – Avoid sharing tools and equipment with neighbors.
·        Know the signs – Watch for early signs to prevent the spread of disease.
·        Report sick birds – Report unusual signs of disease or unexpected deaths to the Office of the Kentucky State Veterinarian at (502) 573-0282, option 3, or through USDA’s toll-free number at 1-866-536-7593.

Low pathogenic avian influenza may cause no disease or mild illness. Highly pathogenic avian influenza is the strain that can cause severe disease with high mortality.

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