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Bird Flu detected in the Zootah facility in Logan

Apr 29, 2022, 1:48 PM | Updated: Jun 20, 2022, 2:15 pm
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TAYLORSVILLE, Utah — Another case of “Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI)” or “Bird Flu” was confirmed in Cache County’s Zootah facility by the Utah Department of Agriculture and Food Officials.

“The owners of Zootah notified our office of the infected bird immediately,” Utah State Veterinarian, Dr. Dean Taylor said. “They have worked closely with our office on their response plan and implementing proper quarantine measures at their zoo.”

Zootah closed the facility down when the case was confirmed and is under a state-ordered quarantine procedure.

According to a release, the impacted birds are “considered captive wildlife and not poultry, some of which are endangered species. UDAF officials are working with the zoo owners on a specialized response plan to avoid depopulation of these birds.”

Officials with the Utah Department of Agriculture and Food encourage bird owners within Utah to be vigilant in checking their birds for symptoms and ensuring their safety through good “biosecurity practices.”

Symptoms include high death loss among flocks, nasal discharge, decreased appetite or water consumption, and lack of coordination in birds. If birds are experiencing any of these symptoms, please contact the state veterinarian’s office immediately at statevet@utah.gov. Early reporting and action will help to contain the disease.

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Bird Flu detected in the Zootah facility in Logan