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Maine is approaching the most dangerous time of year for the spread of avian flu


With migratory bird season ramping up, poultry owners are being warned to keep their birds indoors to help prevent the continued spread of the deadly H5N1 avian flu.

H5N1 is carried by flying wild waterfowl like ducks, geese and shorebirds. While it does not sicken wild fowl, it causes severe symptoms in domestic fowl including chickens, turkeys, ducks, pheasants, geese and guinea fowl.

On Thursday, the Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry ranked the risk of wild birds being infected with avian flu as high.



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