Avian flu spreads across Vermont

No human cases reported yet

Highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI), commonly called avian flu,  continues to spread among Vermont’s wild bird population since its initial detection in a pair of bald eagles on April 8.

Vermont Fish and Wildlife reports HPAI has now been detected in four bald eagles, one red tailed hawk, three Canada geese, one wood duck, and one turkey vulture in Vermont.  Infected birds have been found in all regions of the state.

“We ask Vermonters to continue reporting possible cases of HPAI in wild birds to wildlife officials,” said David Sausville, Wildlife Program Manager for the Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department.  “Public reports allow us to monitor the virus’ spread for potential impacts to wild and domestic bird populations.”

The latest guidelines for identifying and reporting possible cases of HPAI can be found in the Wildlife Health Bulletin on the department’s web page.  To conserve laboratory resources only new species will be tested in locations where HPAI has not been detected.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) considers the risk to the general public from this HPAI virus to be low.  However, people who have job-related or recreational exposures to infected birds should take appropriate precautions outlined in CDC guidance

Two human cases of avian influenza A(H5) virus have been detected, one in the U.S. and one internationally.  The U.S. case was transmitted through contact with domestic poultry infected with HPAI.

“As of now, there have been no reports in Vermont of human infection resulting from exposure to HPAI in either domestic fowl or wild birds, and influenza in poultry does not constitute a food safety risk,” said Dr. Natalie Kwit, state public health veterinarian with the Vermont Department of Health.

Sausville advised individuals with backyard flocks to be sure to review safety and biosecurity guidelines.  In addition to practicing good biosecurity, all bird owners should prevent contact between their birds and wild birds, and birdfeeders should be taken down to reduce congregation by wild birds.

Those seeking information about avian influenza in domestic birds, including biosecurity guidelines and reporting, should contact the Agency of Agriculture, Food, and Markets’ Animal Health Office at 802 828 2421.

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  1. Gates and company are taking out the food supply and our government is corrupt. Nothing more, nothing less.

  2. Concurrent with the roll out and activation of 100 new 4G and 5G cell towers – but lets not knock Humpty Dumpty off the wall yet.
    Nothing to see here folks.

    Don’t look or listen here – you might figure it out:

    And that pesky little detail that viruses – none of them – have every been isolated, verified by Christine Massey’s FOIA to the CDC:

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