Oh Joy... H5N1

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From the Washington State Department of Agriculture:

AVIAN INFLUENZA DETECTED IN BACKYARD FLOCK IN PACIFIC COUNTY
The Washington State Department of Agriculture (WSDA) and the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal Plant Health Inspection Service (USDA APHIS) have confirmed the detection of highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) – also known as bird flu – in a non-commercial backyard flock in Pacific County.

The flock owners reported sick birds and an increased rate of mortality. Samples taken on May 4 were tested for the presence of H5N1 avian influenza virus in the flock on May 5 by state and federal labs. This is the first detection of the virus in Washington state in 2022. There are no detections in commercial poultry in the state.

This is not something people can catch — yet.  Next pandemic waiting in the wings?

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