Bird flu prompts emergency quarantine of poultry in Washington state

January 8, 2015 7:05 PM

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SEATTLE (Reuters) - Washington state agriculture officials said on Thursday they have imposed an emergency eight-month quarantine on poultry and eggs in two counties in the southeastern part of the state to contain an outbreak of highly contagious bird flu.

The quarantine restricts the movement of eggs, poultry or poultry products out of the quarantine zone, which makes up roughly 20 miles (32 km) around Benton and Franklin counties, the Washington State Department of Agriculture said.

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