'It is vital': As bird flu cases rise in Washington bird owners are urged to skip fairs

A bird flu strain that’s very contagious and deadly among chickens is currently spreading throughout the U.S.

SEATTLE — Editor’s note: The above video originally aired May 6, 2022.

Washington State Department of Agriculture (WSDA) officials are urging bird owners to skip fairs and exhibitions in a new request as cases of a highly contagious and deadly strain of avian influenza (H5N1) continue to rise in the state.

Bird owners are asked to wait 30 days after the last confirmed detection of highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) in the state before attending events.

HPAI is a strain of H5N1, also known as

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