Washington state detects new H5N2 outbreak of avian flu

January 21, 2015 8:06 AM

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The state of Washington on Tuesday detected a third outbreak of H5N2 strain of avian flu, prompting the agriculture officials to caution the bird owners to remain extra vigilant while engaging in the bird business and keep their flocks away from the highly contagious migratory birds that could bring the viruses from Oregon to British Columbia.

Nearly 120 backyard chickens, ducks and geese were culled by the federal and state agriculture officials on Sunday in Clallam County (125 miles northwest of Seattle) after the authorities confirmed about the viral infections of the highly pathogenic H5N2.

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