Second local flock hit by ‘bird flu’

Published: Jun. 3, 2022 at 10:14 AM EDT
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FORT WAYNE, Ind. (Fort Wayne’s NBC) - A state agency says it has confirmed avian influenza in a flock of about 100 birds in Allen County -- the second such known instance of the disease in recent weeks.

The Indiana Board of Animal Health said the affected flock is of “mixed species” and is classified as commercial poultry. The owner, who keeps the birds at a residence, provides table eggs from the animals to a number of households, the board said.

In mid-May, officials identified the virus in a different poultry flock in Allen County. No other confirmed cases have been reported from northeastern Indiana, but the highly contagious bird flu has been found in Dubois, Greene, Elkhart and Johnson counties since early February.

Anyone with concerns may report dead poultry by calling 866-536-7593, and can report dead wild birds (five or more -- not individual animals) to 317-233-3293. Those in counties that are affected by avian influenza may report issues concerning domestic flocks that they own online using this form.

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