Wednesday, April 29, 2015

HPAI H5: Minnesota Reports 11 More Farms, Iowa Reports 4 More As `Probable’

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Although we don’t have a good count on the number of birds affected, tonight the Minnesota Board of Animal Health has announced an additional 11 farms have been hit with the HPAI H5N2 virus since yesterday’s update – putting the total at 67 farms across 19 counties.

https://www.bah.state.mn.us/avian-influenza

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All of the counties – except 1 (Steele) – have reported previously outbreaks.

 

Meanwhile Iowa – which has seen fewer farms, but far larger numbers of birds affected - reports four more probable outbreaks. Kossuth County becomes the 6th Iowa county to report outbreaks of the highly infectious avian virus.

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FOUR ADDITIONAL CASES OF HIGHLY PATHOGENIC AVIAN INFLUENZA IN BUENA VISTA AND KOSSUTH COUNTIES


CDC considers the risk to people to be low

DES MOINES – The Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship is responding to four probable cases of highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) in commercial poultry farms in Buena Vista and Kossuth counties.  These four new cases would join eight cases of the disease in Iowa that were previously announced. State officials have quarantined the premises and once the presence of the disease is confirmed, all birds on the property will be humanely euthanized to prevent the spread of the disease.

Buena Vista 2 – Turkey farm with an estimated 50,000 birds that experienced increased mortality.  Initial testing showed it positive for H5 avian influenza.  Additional confirmatory testing is pending from the APHIS National Veterinary Services Laboratories (NVSL) in Ames.

Buena Vista 3 – Turkey farm that has experienced increased mortality.  An estimate on the number of birds at the site is still pending. Initial testing showed it positive for H5 avian influenza.  Additional confirmatory testing is pending from the APHIS National Veterinary Services Laboratories (NVSL) in Ames.

Buena Vista 4 – Commercial laying operation with an estimated 63,000 birds that has experienced increased mortality.  Initial testing showed it positive for H5 avian influenza.  Additional confirmatory testing is pending from the APHIS National Veterinary Services Laboratories (NVSL) in Ames.

Kossuth County – Chicken breeder farm with an estimated 19,000 birds that has experienced increased mortality.  Initial testing showed it positive for H5 avian influenza.  Additional confirmatory testing is pending from the APHIS National Veterinary Services Laboratories (NVSL) in Ames.

As the Department receives final confirmations of the disease updated information will be posted to the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship’s website at www.iowaagriculture.gov/avianinfluenza.asp.

The Center for Disease Control (CDC) and Iowa Department of Public Health considers the risk to people from these HPAI H5 infections in wild birds, backyard flocks and commercial poultry, to be low.  No human infections with the virus have ever been detected there is no food safety risk for consumers.

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