State, USDA Worked to Contain Avian Flu in Berkshire County
By Brian Rhodes
iBerkshires Staff
05:07AM / Saturday, April 30, 2022

LANESBOROUGH, Mass. — The U.S. Department of Agriculture and several state agencies are working to contain an avian influenza outbreak in Berkshire County after samples from a 240-bird flock in Lanesborough were confirmed to have the virus in late March.

The non-commercial flock contained ducks, chicken, geese, quail, and turkeys, all of which are capable of getting sick with and spreading "highly pathogenic avian influenza," or HPAI. The state and the USDA euthanized the flock and quarantined the area to prevent further spread.

Local officials declined to identify the location of the flock and referred to inquiries to the state...