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    WSDA confirms first case of bird flu in Whatcom County
    By asmith May 12, 2022 8:10 am

    WHATCOM COUNTY, Wash. – More birds in Washington state are testing positive for a deadly bird flu and one of them was right here in Whatcom County.

    Wildlife officials confirmed on Tuesday, May 10th, that a Canada goose found in our county was positive for H5N1 avian influenza.

    The Washington State Department of Agriculture says H5N1 was also detected recently in two non-commercial flocks in Pierce County.

    The owners there contacted the WSDA after noticing an unusual number of sudden deaths in their flocks...

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      Preliminary results show first bird flu cases in Tri-Cities
      by Samantha SpitzMonday, May 23rd 2022
      KEPR Action News

      TRI-CITIES, Wash. — The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) is investigating after preliminary results show two positive cases for avian influenza, also known as bird flu, in the Tri-Cities.

      Staci Lehman with WDFW said the two goslings that came back positive for avian influenza were picked up at the Columbia Park Pond in Kennewick...


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          Four snow geese test positive for bird flu in Grant County
          Posted: May 26, 2022 2:03 PM
          by Will Wixey

          GRANT COUNTY, Wash. — Four snow geese in Grant County have tested positive for avian influenza, also known as the bird flu.

          A Department of Fish and Wildlife biologist and a Moses Lake veterinarian collected the positive tests.

          No humans in Washington state have been identified with having the bird flu. The virus is highly contagious among birds, though the risk of spreading it among humans is low.

          These detections do not change the human risk assessment for the public, which CDC considers to be low. However, people who have job-related or recreational exposures to infected birds are at higher risk of infection and should take appropriate precautions...


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              Bird Flu Found In Wild Ducks In Bellevue & Seattle
              A week after identifying King County's first bird flu cases in backyard flocks, wild ducks and geese tested positive in two cities.
              Lucas Combos,
              Patch StaffVerified Patch Staff Badge
              Posted Wed, Jun 1, 2022 at 10:58 am PT

              SEATTLE — Several wild ducks and geese tested positive for bird flu on private property and public parks in Seattle and Bellevue, officials announced Wednesday, as a nationwide outbreak of the highly pathogenic H5N1 virus continues to spread among avian populations.

              Public Health - Seattle & King County announced the latest infections after receiving initial testing results from wild birds found in three public parks on May 22. Officials said the infected birds were found in Bellevue Downtown Park, Green Lake Park and Volunteer Park.
              News of the latest cases arrives one week after the health department confirmed King County's first known H5N1 infections in three backyard, non-poultry flocks...


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                Bird flu detected in Walla Walla County
                Sheila Hagar Walla Walla Union-Bulletin
                10 hrs ago

                Health officials here were notified on Monday, June 13, that Walla Walla County joins more than a dozen other counties in Washington state where avian influenza has been identified this year.

                Public health Director Dr. Daniel Kaminsky said state health officials reported to him that a dead red-tailed hawk found in the Burbank area in May tested positive for the Type A virus, H5H1.

                The hawk was found on May 3 in the McNary National Wildlife Refuge, operated by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service...


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                  We Have Avian Influenza in the North Sound
                  Tue, June 14, 2022 by Marcee Maylin

                  Our previous story found here at Avian Flu, addressed this statewide issue. It is closer to us now in the North Sound and has now been detected in Skagit County.

                  The Washington State Department of Health (DOH) has confirmed that a red-tailed hawk collected from Skagit County on May 11, 2022, has tested positive for HPAI H5N1, a strain of avian influenza or “Bird Flu.” At this time, we can assume that avian influenza is actively circulating in Skagit County, similar to much of Washington State...


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                      Bird Flu detected in San Juan County

                      SAN JUAN COUNTY, WA. August 29, 2022. Several wild Canadian geese collected from Crescent Beach in Eastsound tested positive for Avian Influenza Virus (AIV) last week. The geese were reported dead last week on the beach and were subsequently tested for AIV. These results are the first lab confirmed AIV cases in migratory wild birds (a bald eagle was confirmed positive in May 2022). Further laboratory tests will determine the variant of AIV found in the birds; however, it is presumed to be a variant of highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI), such as HPAI H5N1.

                      Migratory birds frequently visit San Juan County during Spring and Autumn months. Domestic bird owners are advised to take measures to protect their flocks, including keeping birds under cover or away from water sources shared with wild waterfowl...


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                          Bird flu ravaging flocks near Wiser Lake
                          By asmith November 23, 2022 7:52 am

                          LYNDEN, Wash. – Almost 400 sick or dead birds have turned up near Wiser Lake in Whatcom County and the public is being warned to stay away from them.

                          The County Health Department and Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife say many of the birds have tested positive for a highly infectious bird flu.

                          The illness is spreading among wild birds and has been found in backyard flocks in western Washington...


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                            Bald eagle with bird flu found in West Seattle's Lincoln Park
                            WDFW has confirmed at least 18 cases in bald eagles, meaning there are likely many more. HPAI has impacted birds of multiple species for months.
                            Author: Erica Zucco
                            Published: 5:38 PM PST November 23, 2022
                            Updated: 5:58 PM PST November 23, 2022

                            SEATTLE — Washington state officials and conservationists are warning of cases of avian influenza located in West Seattle's Lincoln Park and across the state, asking people to watch for symptoms and report them in hopes of stopping the spread.

                            "It got quiet in the summer and then during migration - September, October - we got a resurgence of it," urban conservation specialist Kersti Muul said...


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                              Avian flu kills and sickens wild birds at Wiser Lake
                              Posted Wednesday, November 30, 2022 4:26 pm

                              Whatcom County Health Department (WCHD) and Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) are asking residents to not handle sick or dead birds after avian flu was detected at Wiser Lake, near Lynden. Nearly 400 sick or dead geese were recently found at the lake.

                              The two departments urged residents to avoid contact with the birds to prevent the spread of the highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI), also known as avian flu or bird flu, in a November 22 press release. The virus is spreading through wild birds, such as Canada geese and snow geese, migrating through the area.

                              This isn’t the first time avian flu has been detected in Whatcom County this year. In mid-May, Washington State Department of Agriculture (WSDA) reported the first detection of avian flu in a backyard domestic flock. Bird flu was first confirmed in B.C. in April and shortly after started being detected throughout Washington state. The flu has been detected in 36 domestic flocks across Washington so far this year in addition to being found in wild birds, according to WSDA’s website.

                              The circulating strain of bird flu is not thought to easily infect humans, but people who have been in contact with infected birds should contact WCHD at 360/778-6100. Poultry products remain safe to eat when properly cooked. ..