Officers say Mainers ought to keep away from gathering with birds as avian flu spreads


State well being officers are advising hen house owners to keep away from competitions, exhibits or swaps that would improve the unfold of the extremely pathogenic avian influenza in flocks in Maine.

A number of Maine counties are experiencing avian flu outbreaks. Lisa Steele, a Maine rooster farmer and creator, says in-person gatherings with home fowl or poultry are too dangerous right away.

“I solely herald child chicks. I hold a closed flock. I do not ever herald grownup birds due to avian flu and infectious ailments coming into your flock if you herald grownup birds,” she says.

The USDA says residents ought to solely purchase chicks from a good supply that follows biosecurity protocols. Flock house owners ought to hold birds indoors to forestall the unfold of this illness, which comes from the droppings of migratory wild birds.

There isn’t a treatment for avian flu and contaminated birds should be killed.

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