By Christi Lightcap
Special to The SUN
The United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) has confirmed the presence of Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI) H5N2 and H5N8 in wild birds, as well as in backyard and commercial poultry flocks.
The states with confirmed cases of HPAI in domestic poultry are Arkansas, California, Idaho, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, North Dakota, Oregon, South Dakota, Washington and Wisconsin. The Colorado Department of Agriculture and the Colorado Egg Producers Association urge Colorado’s bird owners to take steps to protect their poultry from avian influenza.