- Associated Press - Wednesday, January 21, 2015

BOISE, Idaho (AP) - An Idaho state Agriculture Department official says highly contagious avian flu has been found in two spots in southwest Idaho’s Canyon County.

The Idaho Statesman reports (https://is.gd/Wja5Zc ) Bill Barton, a state veterinarian, says three privately owned falcons tested positive for avian flu after interacting with wild, migrating waterfowl. A flock of chickens kept in a residential back yard in the county also tested positive.

Barton says the avian flu strains in question are not harmful to humans.

He says the flu is more of a threat to domestic birds than to Idaho’s agriculture sector. In Barton’s words, “We don’t have much of a poultry industry at all, but there’s a fair number of people with backyard chicken flocks.”

Avian flu has been found in four counties in Washington state.

A wild duck shot by a hunter in Oregon’s Willamette Valley has also tested positive for it.

A December avian flu outbreak in southwest British Columbia led to nearly 250,000 chickens and turkeys being destroyed.

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Information from: Idaho Statesman, https://www.idahostatesman.com

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