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PA experiencing avian influenza cases

Harrisburg, PA –

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has confirmed that Pennsylvania has joined more than two dozen states currently experiencing positive cases of highly pathogenic avian influenza in commercial poultry populations.

This disease can impact migratory birds, backyard poultry and commercial poultry populations and it was recently confirmed in several species of migratory birds located in the northwestern region of Pennsylvania.

According to the CDC, it is still safe to eat poultry and eggs as long as they are properly handled and thoroughly cooked.

But people should not consume meat or eggs from poultry that are sick.

Backyard chicken owners are encouraged to protect their flocks  from the disease by keeping poultry inside their coop to avoid contact with wild birds, remove birdhouses and feeders used by wild birds, and wear dedicated footwear and clothing to work with their birds.