Delaware officials urge vigilance against avian flu

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DOVER, Del. (AP) — State agriculture officials are urging poultry and bird owners to be vigilant after avian flu was reported in Oregon and Washington state.

State Veterinarian Dr. Heather Hirst said in a news release on Wednesday that while there are no immediate concerns in Delaware, avian flu can spread quickly.

She recommends that owners keep shoes, tools, equipment, vehicles and cages clean when entering areas where birds live and avoiding tracking wild waterfowl feces into domestic bird living areas.

Sick or dead domestic birds, including backyard flocks and commercial poultry, should be reported to the Delaware Department of Agriculture's Poultry and Animal Health Section.

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