Latest Bird flu News

Alaska fair cancels poultry exhibits amid bird flu concerns

Aug. 05, 2022 15:13 PM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Officials with the Alaska State Fair have decided against the usual array of poultry exhibits this year amid avian flu concerns. Fair CEO Jerome Hertel in a statement said officials believed it was best "to err on the side of caution." The...

'Unusual': Feds investigate seal deaths linked to avian flu

Jul. 20, 2022 13:20 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The deaths of dozens of seals off the coast of Maine has been deemed an “unusual mortality event,” sparking a federal investigation into strandings that appear linked to avian influenza. The seal strandings began in June and 159 have been reported through...

Ban on North Dakota poultry events lifted, too late for fair

Jul. 18, 2022 14:42 PM EDT

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota animal health officials are ending a ban on poultry events that was instituted when bird flu was on the rise. However, the decision by the State Board of Animal Health comes too late for State Fair poultry exhibits this year. The...

High number of seal deaths linked to bird flu, feds say

Jul. 05, 2022 11:19 AM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — An unusual number of seals are becoming stranded and dying off Maine this summer, and avian influenza is to blame, the federal government said Tuesday. The U.S. Department of Agriculture has confirmed that samples from four Maine seals tested positive for the...

Dead and dying seabirds identified off Maine coast

Jun. 24, 2022 09:55 AM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A Maine Audubon scientist is alarmed by reports of more dead seabirds — this time in Casco Bay. Shannon Silverson, who lives on Peaks Island, noticed about 30 dead and dying birds this week. “It was just a dreadful feeling,” she told WGME-TV. ...

Hundreds of birds wash up on island, officials fear bird flu

Jun. 21, 2022 13:41 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Hundreds of dead birds have washed up on Martha's Vineyard and animal control officials there think a highly contagious strain of avian flu may be responsible. The Tisbury Animal Control posted an “avian influenza warning” on social media Monday, telling residents...

Bird flu outbreak waning but threat of virus lingers

Jun. 16, 2022 18:26 PM EDT

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — A bird flu outbreak in the U.S. that led to the deaths of more than 40 million chickens and turkeys and contributed to a spike in egg and meat prices appears to be waning, but experts caution the virus hasn’t disappeared and worry another surge could take hold this fall. ...

Michigan lifts poultry show ban imposed to control bird flu

Jun. 13, 2022 12:06 PM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan has lifted a statewide ban on poultry and waterfowl exhibitions after 30 days passed with no new cases of highly pathogenic avian influenza in domestic birds. Bird shows can resume in the state, Michigan’s Department of Agriculture and Rural...

Bird flu arrives in Southwest after millions of birds die

Jun. 09, 2022 20:41 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona officials have confirmed the first cases in the Southwest of a bird flu that has led to the deaths of 37 million birds from commercial farms in the central and eastern U.S. The disease was spotted after tests by federal wildlife officials in three wild...

State officials extend ban on poultry events

Jun. 03, 2022 15:11 PM EDT

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — State animal health officials have extended a ban poultry events indefinitely as a bird flu outbreak continues. The Bismarck Tribune reported the State Board of Animal Health canceled all shows, public sales, swaps and exhibitions of poultry and other birds...