The Vancouver Sun is reporting that Avian Flu has been discovered in wild birds south of the border in Washington State. There are no indications the virus has infected any commerical flocks in Washington.[excerpt] Agriculture officials said Tuesday they’ve found avian influenza in wild birds in Washington state but there’s no immediate public health concern.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture said separate strains of the H5 virus were identified in a northern pintail duck and a gyrfalcon.
Both viruses have been found in other parts of the world and have not caused any human infection to date, the USDA said. Neither virus has been found in commercial poultry in the U.S.
An avian influenza outbreak this month in southwest British Columbia spread to several poultry farms, and 155,000 birds have died of the virus or will be euthanized, Canadian officials said last week.[source]