Poultry Farmers And State Prepare For Avian Flu

Rhode Island Environmental Management officials are warning of the potential spread of the Avian Flu.

It is not an issue for humans. However, it is deadly for poultry, such as chickens and turkeys and the like. And state officials say they are ready for it.

"This strain of avian flu is deadly to chickens, turkeys, ducks, quail, and other birds," said State Veterinarian Scott Marshall DVM, who is leading DEM's response to the HPAI threat. "It could cause significant economic harm to Rhode Island poultry producers. For now, while DEM continues to monitor flocks for infection, we urge all poultry owners to take precautions to protect their flocks by enhancing biosecurity."

The doctor says keeping birds separated, away from humans and keeping things as clean as possible.

Officials say they plan to respond quickly to reports of the Avian Flu.

Right now there have been no reported cases in the state.

It has, however been detected in Connecticut and Massachusetts.

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