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Avian Flu Detected In Wildlife Refuge In Colusa County

Something that has been dreaded by poultry producers, the Avian Flu, has apparently arrived in California. Two Canadian Geese and an American White Pelican found dead July 5th in the national wildlife refuge in Colusa and Glenn Counties represent the first detection of Avian Influenza H5N1 in wild birds in California. The virus has already been confirmed in 42 other states since January.H5N1 is highly contagious for domestic poultry, and scientists say wild birds should be prevented from contacting or sharing water sources with domestic poultry or pet birds. As of last month, well over 40 Million chickens and turkeys have been intentionally destroyed by poultry farmers in an attempt to rein in the spread of this especially virulent strain of Avian Flu.