Idaho officials investigating a “highly pathogenic strain” of avian flu

January 20, 2015 9:22 PM

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The Idaho State Department of Agriculture has begun a multi-agency investigation following the confirmation of what officials are calling “a highly pathogenic strain” of the avian influenza virus, originating from wild waterfowl, in western and southern Idaho.

“The incidents of the virus -- recently found in Washington, Oregon, California and Utah -- led USDA Wildlife Services and the Idaho Department of Fish and Game to increase routine disease surveillance of wild waterfowl in common migratory regions of Idaho,” said Idaho State Veterinarian Dr. Bill Ba...

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