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State experiences avian flu case

CHARLESTON — An avian flu case has been confirmed in Kanawha County.

The state Division of Well being mentioned it’s the primary case of avian flu, H5N1, in a non-commercial yard flock in West Virginia since 2006.

The division mentioned the general public well being danger is restricted to those that had direct contact with the birds.

The avian flu doesn’t unfold simply amongst people, officers mentioned.

The virus spreads simply amongst poultry by way of nasal and eye secretions, in addition to manure.

“This virus has been beforehand recognized in surrounding states, you will need to word that the danger of transmission to people could be very low and restricted to these with direct contact with the birds,” state Well being Officer Dr. Matthew Christiansen mentioned. “If in case you have considerations about your publicity or signs, you need to isolate at residence and phone your main care physician and native well being division.”

Christiansen mentioned the state of affairs would proceed to be adopted.

The state Division of Agriculture mentioned it doesn’t affect poultry, meat or egg merchandise.

“The WVDA will proceed to work with USDA-APHIS on monitoring and comply with all protocols to guard our priceless poultry business,” state Commissioner of Agriculture Kent Leonhardt mentioned. “One of the best technique any chicken proprietor has towards this illness is prevention. It’s important to proceed taking preventative measures to guard flocks from wild birds the place the illness happens naturally and comply with different biosecurity measures to forestall the unfold.”