A hunted duck downed in Oregon has tested positive for avian influenza, but the sample was too small for lab worker to identify the strain.
It might be a low-pathogenic strain which would not present much danger to commercial poultry flocks.
It’s the first and only finding of avian influenza in migrating waterfowl returning from the north.
Those flying north in the spring are believed responsible for the loss of more than 43 million commercial birds across the United States.
There were also outbreaks around Christmas time in the lower mainland area of British Columbia and three in the spring in Oxford County, Ontario.