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Poultry owners encouraged to take precautions against avian influenza

Poultry owners encouraged to take precautions against avian influenza

More than 45 million birds have been affected by the latest outbreak of highly pathogenic avian influenza, which has swept across 20 states from the Pacific Northwest to the Midwest. Though the outbreak has yet to be detected in Maryland, Carroll County Extension agent Bryan Butler said it is important for people who keep poultry in their backyards to follow proper practices to prevent the outbreak's spread locally. "The big thing here is that this is not a human health issue," Butler said. "One of the concerns we have is that there are so many people in Carroll County that have just a couple of chickens. We want to make them aware that if they're following good...

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