Poultry experts urge prevention to keep bird-flu out of Ohio

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A bird-flu strain identified last year in the United States hasn’t turned up in Ohio yet. And veterinarians and poultry industry officials in the state want to keep it that way.

The Columbus Dispatch reports migratory birds appear to have helped spread the H5N2 virus that the U.S. agriculture officials identified last year on the West Coast. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says the flu hasn’t been linked to any human illness. But it is highly lethal to birds.

The Ohio Department of Agriculture recommends that anyone with chickens avoid contact with wild birds and change clothes and footwear before handling their birds. Contact between wild birds and contained flocks should be avoided.

The state also has emergency plans in place in case the flu reaches Ohio.