Researchers urge caution for poultry flocks


Researchers urge caution for poultry flocks

A USDA researcher says that enthusiasts and others with poultry in the yard must do everything they can to protect their birds from bird flu.

Dr. Julianna Lenoch of the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service tells Brownfield that the highly pathogenic H5N1 strain can be transmitted from wild migratory birds and can affect the health of herds of any size. “The enthusiast and those who could only have chickens in the backyard, please be careful. It doesn’t send anything back and forth and only uses a few precautions to protect the birds. “

Lenoch says there are many simple precautions that all poultry farmers can take to minimize the spread of bird flu. “Wash your hands. Do not introduce new birds you do not know where they come from and use common sense precautions, you know, if you have dirt on your boots, please clean your boots before entering or moving of anything in a flock in the yard. “

Lenoch says the APHIS website also contains information that poultry farmers can use to reduce the risk of infection. The virus can be transmitted to clothing and footwear and can cause a decrease in egg production and the death of birds. Researchers urge caution for poultry flocks

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