(WJW) — After bird flu was found in three ducks in the Carolinas
earlier this month, the United States Department of Agriculture is
reminding hunters, farmers and anyone else who works with birds to
Already in the last two months, multiple cases had been detected in
Canada and Europe, but these new cases are reportedly the first seen
in the wild in the United States in five years. And while Eurasian
H5 avian influenza (the strain found) is not considered a high risk
to humans, the illness can quickly affect bird populations, the USDA
This same strain of flu decimated part of the U.S. turkey industry
in 2015, leaving more than 50 million birds dead in what the USDA
has called the “most serious animal health disease incident” in the
Infected birds may not show symptoms at first, but ones to look out
for include difficulty breathing, purple discoloration on legs and a
decrease in egg production, according to the USDA.
The agency says those handling birds should wear gloves and work in
the open air in order to help contain spread. Anyone cooking eggs or
poultry at home is advised to make sure the internal temperature
reaches 165 degrees before eating.
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delta variant, CDC study shows
FOX 8 reached out to the Ohio Department of Agriculture about the
bird flu and we were told there are no current cases in the state.
All current cases can be found, here.
Find out more about the bird flu in the USDA PDF below: