Washington State Poultry Disease

Washington State University’s animal disease lab confirmed the presence of infectious bursal disease virus in a Washington state poultry flock, marking the first time the virus has been found in the U.S. outside of California. Birds 3 to 6 weeks old are most susceptible and develop lethargy, diarrhea and immune suppression, which renders them prone to other infections. The virus has a 25% to 30% mortality rate among flocks and raises concerns for producers, who can protect animals with vaccination, but it doesn’t pose a threat to human health, according to officials. The Oregonian (Portland)/The Associated Press (3/15)

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