Wyoming hunters, fowl owners urged to avoid bird flu spread



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CASPER, Wyo. (AP) — Wyoming wildlife officials are urging bird hunters and poultry owners to take steps to prevent the spread of avian influenza, or bird flu.

Veterinary labs recently confirmed the virus in Washington, Oregon, Utah and California. There's a chance that infected birds could fly through Wyoming.

USDA wildlife disease biologist Mike Pipas says hunters should report dead wild birds found in the field to their local game warden, wildlife biologist or state Game and Fish Department office.

Bird flu sometimes can spread to domestic birds, pigs and humans. Pipas says no commercial poultry operations have been affected and so far there is no threat to humans.

The Casper Star-Tribune reports (http://bit.ly/1CQ65Rj ) people cleaning wild birds are advised to wear rubber or latex gloves and disinfect their equipment.

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Information from: Casper (Wyo.) Star-Tribune, http://www.trib.com

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