Bird flu in US detected in NH, safety tips for hunters, poultry owners

Several Vermont state agencies are asking residents to be on the alert for highly pathogenic avian influenza — or bird flu — after the virus was detected in several areas of North America

As of Feb. 15, the virus has not been reported in Vermont. The closest reported detection was in a flock of wild ducks in New Hampshire, according to a news release from Vermont’s Agency of Agriculture. Other reported detection has occurred in Indiana, Kentucky, Virginia and Canada. 

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention consider the risk of the virus to humans to be low. But, the Vermont Agency of Agriculture and Vermont Fish and Wildlife is offering guidance for residents who either own domestic poultry or hunt birds. 

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What to know if you own domestic birds

The highly pathogenic avian influenza is typically fatal for birds that are owned and raised domestically, according to the news release. The virus is often introduced to domestic birds by infected wild birds through contact with their droppings, and then may spread among poultry flocks because of poor biosecurity or unfavorable environmental conditions. 

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