It's unlikely that hunters or people feeding birds could contract avian flu from wild birds, but following these standard precautions reduces the risk of contracting any wildlife disease:
-- Do not handle or eat wild birds that are obviously sick or found dead.
-- Wear rubber gloves while cleaning game or cleaning bird feeders.
-- Do not eat, drink or smoke while cleaning game.
-- Wash hands with soap and water or use alcohol hand wipes immediately after touching game or cleaning bird feeders.
-- Wash tools and work surfaces used to clean game birds with soap and water, then disinfect the area with a 10 percent solution of chlorine bleach.
-- Separate raw meat and anything it touches from cooked or ready-to-eat foods to avoid contamination.
-- Cook game meat thoroughly, to an internal temperature of 155 to 165 degrees.
-- For more information, visit http://wdfw.wa.gov or www.fws.gov.
-- Source: Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife