Montpelier, Vt. (WCAX) – The US Department of Agriculture has confirmed the first case of bird flu in Vermont.
Authorities say the highly contagious disease was reported in a backyard flock of non-commercial poultry in the province of Caledonia. The samples were then confirmed in federal laboratories. State officials have quarantined the property.
The CDC said the public health risk from the virus remains lowadding that people who are exposed to work or entertainment to infected birds are more susceptible to infection and should take appropriate precautions.
As of Thursday, the CDC reported that H5N1 viruses have been found in commercial and backyard birds in 29 states and wild birds in 34 states. They have tracked the health of more than 2,500 people exposed to infected birds and so far only found one case in Colorado.
This year’s outbreak is the worst since 2015 when nearly 50 million chickens and turkeys were slaughtered due to the virus.
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