The continued presence of bird flu triggers a new alert in NH

Agriculture officials are recommending New England states postpone events that include domestic birds due to the high risk of bird flu. New Hampshire officials said the number of bird flu cases in the state is low, but the wild bird migration season is not over. State Veterinarian Stephen Crawford said bird flu outbreaks typically occur in late winter and early spring, after the migration season. Crawford said his office has seen a number of cases in wild birds. “, Crawford said. “They often tend to harbor them without any ill effects, but they can have quite significant adverse effects on domestic birds.” Officials recommend that the six New England states postpone competitions and in-person events that include domestic birds through July 1. They said the virus historically dies out in the summer months.

Agriculture officials are recommending New England states postpone events involving domestic birds due to the high risk of bird flu.

New Hampshire officials said the number of bird flu cases in the state was low, but the wild bird migration season was not over. State Veterinarian Stephen Crawford said bird flu outbreaks typically occur in late winter and early spring, after the migration season.

Crawford said his office has seen a number of cases in wild birds.

“We know that wild waterfowl are a reservoir for all influenza viruses,” Crawford said. “They often tend to harbor them without any ill effects, but they can have quite significant adverse effects on domestic birds.”

Officials are recommending that the six New England states postpone competitions and in-person events that include domesticated birds until July 1. They said the virus historically dies out in the summer months.

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