Idaho Ag Department Orders Parma Quarantine In Wake of Avian Influenza Discovery

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In the wake of this week's discovery of avian flu in the Canyon County community of Parma, the State Department of Agriculture has ordered a quarantine area of about 6 miles near the town.  The quarantine restricts movement of eggs, poultry or poultry products from inside the quarantine zone unless those products receive a special permit.

The department has created a half-moon shaped quarantine zone covering about 6 miles around the site near Parma where chickens tested positive in early January for H5N2, a highly pathogenic strain of avian flu.

Meanwhile the Ag department is cautioning bird owners to keep their domestic birds from contact with wild waterfowl.

Health officials said there was no immediate public health concern due to the avian influenza virus detected. Avian influenza does not affect poultry meat or egg products, which remain safe to eat.

But avian influenza is a very critical factor in a number of international trading partners determining whether to accept Idaho's poultry exports. Outbreaks in communities throughout the Pacific Northwest and California have have caused China and some other nations to ban U.S. poultry and eggs