EVERETT, Wash. — Strict sanitation measures by both commercial and hobby poultry producers are critical to preventing an outbreak of avian influenza in Washington state, according to Mike Hackett, Washington State University Snohomish County Extension educator. Hackett says people with small flocks including those who raise geese, ducks, turkeys and other fowl should be especially careful.

Pointing to the British Columbia provincial government’s emergency destruction of 80 percent of the province’s commercial poultry flocks, some 19 million birds, Hackett says that vigilance is critical for this state’s poultry growers.

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