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Second case of Avian Influenza found in Utah

Apr 23, 2022, 2:46 PM | Updated: Jun 20, 2022, 1:48 pm

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CACHE COUNTY, Utah – A second flock of birds was found with Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI) or the bird flu on a Cache County farm, the Utah Department of Agriculture and Food (UDAF) confirmed on Saturday.

According to the press release from UDAF, the Cache County farm owner noticed his birds experiencing symptoms of the bird flu and called UDAF immediately.

“The diagnosis of HPAI on this farm is devastating,” Utah State Veterinarian, Dr. Dean Taylor said. “UDAF is working to contain the disease and prevent it from spreading further in this area.”

UADF is adding more surveillance and testing in the Cache County area to help slow the spread of this new bird flu, according to the press release. They also encourage bird owners to watch for any symptoms to help slow down the spread.

Symptoms of HPAI in birds include high death rates, nasal discharge, decreased food and water consumption, and being anti-social with the flock, according to the UDAF.

So far, no human cases of this bird flu have been reported, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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Second case of Avian Influenza found in Utah