Avian Flu-Backyard FlockThe Washington Agriculture Department declared an emergency quarantine for domestic poultry and eggs in the southeast part of the state to contain the highly contagious avian flu. The quarantine issued Wednesday restricts the movement of chickens, turkeys and other birds out of that zone. It covers an area within 20 miles of two Benton County locations where backyard flocks of chickens, turkeys and ducks were found to have the disease. This particular strain of the disease isn’t dangerous to people, but it’s deadly to birds. Officials want to keep it out of commercial operations. The virus has not been found in commercial poultry in the U.S., so it’s OK to buy chicken, turkey, eggs and other poultry products from grocery stores, the Tri-City Herald reported. More