Bird flu found in region

Highly pathogenic avian influenza virus was detected in a snow goose from Canyon Ferry and a Canada goose from near Belgrade just northwest of Yellowstone National Park last week. The virus was detected earlier this month in domestic poultry in Montana’s Judith Basin and Cascade counties. Several more birds from around the state are currently undergoing testing for the highly contagious virus. Idaho is also monitoring an outbreak of avian flu in Caribou County just west of the state line from Star Valley, Wyoming. If sick birds are seen, Jackson Hole Radio Veterinary correspondent Dr. Stephanie Ninnemann says they should be reported to game officials.



Avian influenza virus is a naturally occurring virus in birds. All viruses are classified into two groups, based on the severity of disease they cause in infected poultry. Low pathogenic AI viruses generally cause no clinical illness, or only minor symptoms in birds. However, Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza viruses are extremely infectious and fatal to poultry as well as some species of wild birds.




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