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Officials confirm fourth case of avian influenza in Sanpete County

Sep 15, 2022, 8:00 AM | Updated: Sep 26, 2022, 5:24 pm
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TAYLORSVILLE, Utah — Officials with the Utah Department of Agriculture and Food say a fourth case of Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza has been confirmed in Sanpete County.

The latest case comes at an additional turkey farm.

“This additional case of HPAI is concerning due to the close proximity of other turkey farms in Sanpete County and the large impact this could have on our turkey farmers,” said state veterinarian, Dr. Dean Taylor in a news release. “Immediate action was taken to contain the disease on this farm and prevent further spread in the county.” 

Officials will reach out to the surrounding area through phone calls and going door-to-door to help stop any further spread of the illness. 

To learn more about Avian Influenza in Utah, click here

The symptoms the illness include:

  • High death loss among flocks
  • Nasal discharge
  • Decreased appetite or water consumption
  • Lack of coordination in birds

The UDAF says if domestic birds are experiencing any of those symptoms, the state veterinarian’s office should be contacted immediately.

According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Avian Influenza does not present a public health concern. The CDC says only one case of the illness has been detected in the United States. 

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