Four snow geese test positive for bird flu in Grant County

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FILE - In this Dec. 13, 2019, file photo, thousands of snow geese take flight over a farm field at their winter grounds, in the Skagit Valley near Conway, Wash. The Biden administration on Monday, March 8, 2021, reversed a policy imposed under former President Donald Trump that drastically weakened the government's power to enforce a century-old law that protects most U.S. bird species. Trump ended criminal prosecutions against companies responsible for bird deaths that could have been prevented.

GRANT COUNTY, Wash. — Four snow geese in Grant County have tested positive for avian influenza, also known as the bird flu.

A Department of Fish and Wildlife biologist and a Moses Lake veterinarian collected the positive tests.

No humans in Washington state have been identified with having the bird flu. The virus is highly contagious among birds, though the risk of spreading it among humans is low.

These detections do not change the human risk assessment for the public, which CDC considers to be low. However, people who have job-related or recreational exposures to infected birds are at higher risk of infection and should take appropriate precautions.

If you see a sick or dead bird, report them. For sick/dead domestic birds, call the Washington State Department of Agriculture at 1-800-606-3056. To report sick/dead wild birds, visit the Washington State Department of Fish & Wildlife’s website.

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