Nyssa area put under quarantine for bird flu

A new poultry quarantine has been declared in eastern Oregon after avian flu was detected across the border in Idaho.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture imposed the regional quarantine, which affects a small area in Malheur County south of the farming community of Nyssa.

Dr. Ryan Scholz, Oregon state veterinarian, explained Thursday that the quarantine restricts movement of poultry out of the affected area. The quarantine could last about two weeks.

Federal and state officials have been watching carefully for the highly contagious disease, which has led to the euthanasia of commercial and backyard poultry flocks in several places in the U.S.

DOCUMENT: Quarantine map

The Idaho case was detected about two miles east of the Oregon border, and the Malheur County territory fell . . .