Wednesday, May 06, 2015

Iowa Reports 6 More `Probable’ H5N2 Outbreaks

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Although Minnesota hasn’t updated their website as of 1800hrs (EDT) today, and Wisconsin reports no new infections for the second day running, the news out of Iowa is less reassuring with 6 more farms added to the `probable’ list.   

 

The size of four of these flocks has not been released, but for two of them they are estimated at about 100K each.

 

The updated summary table, and details on today’s outbreak, follow:

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SIX PROBABLE CASES OF HIGHLY PATHOGENIC AVIAN INFLUENZA IN SIOUX AND O’BRIEN COUNTIES


CDC considers the risk to people to be low

DES MOINES – The Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship is responding to six probable cases of highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) in commercial poultry farms in Sioux and O’Brien counties.  These six new cases would join 28 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.

Sioux 5 – A pullet farm with an estimated 100,000 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.

Sioux 6 – Commercial laying operation with an estimated 100,000 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.

Sioux 7 – A pullet 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.

O’Brien 3 – A backyard duck flock that was tested as part of monitoring efforts around a previous confirmed case.  Testing by the APHIS National Veterinary Services Laboratories (NVSL) in Ames showed it positive for H5N2 highly pathogenic avian influenza.

Sioux 8 – Commercial laying operation 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.

Sioux 9 – Commercial laying operation 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.

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.

 

 

Additionally, while I’ve found not statement on the Missouri Department of Agriculture Website, there are media reports that a backyard flock in Lewis County, MO has tested positive for the HPAI H5 virus.  This is the first report out of Missouri since mid March.

 

This from the AP.

 

Bird flu virus creeps into northeastern Missouri

ST. LOUIS — A strain of bird flu responsible for the deaths of millions of chickens and turkeys in several states has surfaced in northeastern Missouri, weeks after it was detected elsewhere in the state, the Missouri Department of Agriculture said Wednesday.

The department confirmed in an email to The Associated Press that 10 to 12 birds in a backyard flock of mixed poultry in Lewis County were found last week to be infected with a strain of the highly pathogenic H5N2 influenza virus, forcing an additional 130 of the property's birds to be quarantined and destroyed.

The department did not identify the property owner but said the farm was not a commercial poultry producer.

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