Bird flu discovered in Boulder County


The state veterinary office quarantined a large portion of Boulder County poultry after a bird flu outbreak, the second in the state in a month.

On Oct. 7, highly pathogenic avian Influenza was discovered in a backyard flock in Boulder County, according to a news release from Boulder County Public Health. Bird flu is a highly contagious disease that spreads commonly throughout birds and has a 90% death rate.

The quarantined area covers most of eastern Boulder County, stretching from just north of Niwot to the edge of Erie to Superior and the western edge of the city of Boulder.

The quarantine order in place says no birds or eggs may leave their location without a permit, state veterinarian Dr. Maggie Baldwin said in a news release. Poultry is not allowed to be brought into the restricted area without the state veterinarian’s consent. Everyone within the quarantine area must comply with an epidemiologic investigation, the news release said.


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