Highly contagious bird flu found in ducks and chickens in Clackamas County

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Published: Dec. 12, 2022 at 4:19 PM PST
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CLACKAMAS COUNTY Ore. (KPTV) - A highly contagious version of avian influenza, most commonly known as the bird flu, has been found in Clackamas County, according to the Oregon Department of Agriculture.

The detection is the first in a non-commercial flock in Clackamas County, being found spreading through a flock of 30 ducks and five chickens, according to officials.

“ODA personnel, in partnership with the USDA humanely euthanized the birds on the property to prevent the spread of the disease. Birds from the flock will not enter the food system,” the ODA said Thursday.

According to the CDC, public health risk associated with bird flu remains low. The ODA still reminds the public to maintain proper handling and cooking of poultry and eggs to an internal temperature of 165 ˚F.

For more information on the bird flu, click here.