Bird influenza making its way to the states, UMES professor says keep an eye out

DELMARVA– The USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service confirmed cases of Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza in wild birds.

A University of Maryland Eastern Shore professor said this virus has the potential to infect all poultry and wild waterfowl are carriers of it.

Experts said the virus can spread quickly and there isn’t a vaccine for it.

So, there’s concerns that come with this like having to de-populate a flock to stop the spread of the virus.

“As we all know, the poultry industry is huge here on Delmarva,” Jennifer Timmons, UMES Assistant Professor, said.So, we raise $540 million broiler chickens last year, so it’s a $3.4 billion dollar industry so just keeping that as a viable industry that’s what we have to watch out for.”

Timmons said a wild duck was found to be carrying the virus.

She advises that any farmers wearing any clothing around their poultry should make sure to change their clothes and immediately wash their hands.

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