Avian flu expected to increase during autumn migration: waterfowl hunters should take precautions | local news

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With many duck and goose seasons scheduled to begin on October 8, waterfowl hunters should be aware that highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) has been circulating in wild birds in North America since December 2021.

The current strain of the virus was first detected in Oregon in May 2022 and continues to be found in wild birds and backyard poultry flocks. More discoveries are expected in the fall and winter, when waterfowl migrate or winter through Oregon. Hunters are also likely to come into contact with infected waterfowl during the hunting season.

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