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Bird flu found in Butler County poultry flock
Bird flu found in Butler County poultry flock (Ohio Department of Agriculture)

BUTLER COUNTY, Ohio (WKRC) - A poultry flock has been hit by the bird flu in Butler County.

Bird flu found in Butler County poultry flock (WKRC)

The Butler County General Health District said the highly pathogenic avian influenza was detected in a backyard poultry flock in Butler County. Health officials did not say where in Butler County.

Testing confirmed the presence of H5N1.

State officials quarantined the area. The birds will be depopulated to prevent the spread. Since the beginning of the outbreak, many birds have been euthanized to try to prevent further spread.

Bird flu can infect poultry (including chickens, turkeys, pheasants, quail, domestic ducks, geese, and guinea fowl) and is carried by free-flying waterfowl such as ducks, geese, and shorebirds.

It can not be transmitted through properly cooked meat or eggs. Even so, any products from infected flocks are banned from getting into the food system.

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