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Officials find second case of avian flu among birds in Maine


Federal authorities found a second case of avian influenza among birds in Maine, the state’s Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry announced Wednesday.

The state said federal authorities found the second case of the highly pathogenic influenza in a small flock of birds in Knox County.

The non-poultry birds were found three kilometers away from where the first case was detected among a different group Sunday.

The state said the influenza does not present a threat to food and this strain of influenza has not been found in humans in the U.S.

The state is telling backyard and commercial operators to keep birds inside in order to prevent the disease from spreading.

The news of the animals’ disease comes after bird flu was found on a farm in Indiana, and 30,000 turkeys were euthanized after the outbreak was discovered among the population. Other cases of the avian disease were found shortly afterward in Kentucky and Virginia. 

Commercial broiler chickens in Kentucky and a backyard flock of mixed species in Virginia were reported to have the flu.  

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