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More cases of Avian flu confirmed in Maine

In February, cases were confirmed in two small flocks in Knox County. Both flocks had fewer...
In February, cases were confirmed in two small flocks in Knox County. Both flocks had fewer than 100 birds.(Gray tv)
Published: Mar. 18, 2022 at 7:34 AM EDT
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PORTLAND, Maine (WMTW) - Avian flu has been confirmed in two more flocks of birds in Maine, bringing the total to four since February.

The USDA’s National Veterinary Services Laboratories says the latest cases were in non-commercial backyard birds in Lincoln County and York County.

The flock in York County has 173 birds and the one in Lincoln County has 70 birds. The USDA says they are non-poultry.

Both properties have been placed under quarantine by the Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry and the state says “humane depopulation efforts have been completed.”

Domestic flocks within 10 kilometers of the affected flock are now being monitored and owners are being told of proactive safety measures they should take.

The state says the risk for avian flu remains high, and backyard flock and commercial operators are advised to keep birds indoors to prevent the spread of this disease.

In February, cases were confirmed in two small flocks in Knox County. Both flocks had fewer than 100 birds.

As of Thursday, the USDA reported 38 flocks across the United States with positive tests for avian flu in 2022.

The risk to humans is very low and there has never been a case of avian flu in humans in Maine.

To report sick birds or usual bird deaths, contact the state veterinarian’s office at 207-287-7615 or the USDA at 1-866-536-7593.

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