Archive for Tuesday, March 24, 2015

State testing bird flocks in Leavenworth, Wyandotte counties

March 24, 2015

In response to the confirmed case of Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza in Leavenworth County, the Kansas Department of Agriculture Friday announced it has completed a survey of the area and began testing identified flocks.

Avian influenza is a contagious, rapidly-spreading viral disease affecting birds. The outbreak is not considered to be a threat to public health or the food supply.

State officials went door to door to identify backyard flocks within a quarantine zone that covered Basehor, rural Bonner Springs and rural Tonganoxie. Officials will call poultry owners before coming to test flocks if a phone number has been provided. Those performing tests on poultry will be dressed in full personal protective equipment.

The test in non-invasive and will cause little stress or harm to poultry, state officials said.

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