February 2, 2023

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Avian Flu Ravaging Poultry, Wild Bird Populations in Colorado

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While humans have been dealing with a deadly respiratory pandemic over the last three years, a fast-spreading strain of avian flu has flown largely under the radar. That is, until egg prices started jumping up across the United States, including in Colorado, and people started wondering why. But the latest strain of Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza is about much more than the eggs, as it’s a deadly matter for birds.

“When we talk about impacts to domestic poultry, this virus causes almost 100 percent mortality in poultry flocks. We’re seeing that with backyard poultry flocks. They die in a very short period of time. The birds are getting sick, and they’re dying very quickly from this virus,” says Maggie Baldwin, the Colorado State Veterinarian.

This HPAI strain, which has been…

Conor McCormick-Cavanagh

2023-01-25 15:04:00

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