Bird flu outbreak in Douglas County prompts warnings from state agriculture officials to monitor backyard birds

December 19, 2014 7:42 PM

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Oregon poultry growers and backyard chicken farmers should be on guard against a strain of avian influenza, according to the state Department of Agriculture.

A backyard flock of 100 guinea fowl and chickens in Winston were found to have the avian flu called H5N8, which is highly contagious. No other cases of the flu have been found, and state officials say it has not shown up in commercial poultry anywhere in the U.S. However, the infected flock have acc...

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