avian bird flu

Migratory birds that may be infected with avian influenza are remaining longer in the state due to weather conditions. Montana Fish Wildlife and Parks has put out a fact sheet on avian bird flu online at https://tinyurl.com/2p97u944. More information about avian influenza is also available online at www.aphis.usda.gov.

State livestock officials announced this week they have confirmed cases of the avian flu in Flathead County. The highly contagious virus was found in a backyard poultry flock.

The Montana Department of Livestock confirmed the Flathead area flock of chickens has highly pathogenic avian influenza. This is the tenth flock in Montana with a confirmed case. Nationally, nearly 400 flocks have come down with the avian flu. The cases have been traced to seasonal migrations of wild birds.

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