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Six more cases of avian influenza confirmed in Sanpete County

Oct 17, 2022, 8:30 PM
Turkey farms litter the Sanpete Valley.  They are especially prominent in Ephraim area. The Utah De...
Turkey farms litter the Sanpete Valley. They are especially prominent in Ephraim area. The Utah Department of Agriculture and Food says 700,000 turkeys have been effect by the bird flu. Photo/Keith Johnson

TAYLORSVILLE, Utah — The Utah Department of Agriculture and Food announced Monday six additional confirmed cases of Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza on turkey farms in Sanpete County.

Additionally, the UDAF also confirmed one case of the disease in a backyard flock of birds in Cache County. That now brings the total to 16 turkey farms and two backyard locations that have been impacted by avian influenza.

According to a news release, all birds at these locations have been quarantined or depopulated to help prevent any further spreading of the disease.

The UDAF says the situations at these locations are still ongoing and are being monitored. The public is asked to stay away from sites that have known cases of avian influenza or where officials are working to prevent the spread of the illness. 

According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, avian influenza does not pose an immediate health risk to humans. Only one human case has been reported, according to the CDC.

Signs of avian influenza are high death loss, a loss of appetite or water consumption and nasal discharge. If you have birds that are experiencing any of these symptoms, the state veterinarian should be notified immediately at statevet@utah.gov.

For additional information on how to keep humans and animals safe in Utah, click here

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