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Bird flu season... 60,000 Turkey's gone

OMAHA (DTN) -- A new strain of highly pathogenic avian influenza was detected in a commercial turkey flock in Dubois County, Indiana, USDA's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service announced Friday.

The new strain, H7N8, is different than the flu virus that caused the widespread outbreak in 2015, according to an APHIS news release.

Last year's H5N2 avian flu outbreak was considered the worst animal disease outbreak in U.S. history, leading to the death of more than 48 million birds on 223 operations in nine states, according to USDA.

The Indiana outbreak was in a 60,000-bird turkey flock which was experiencing increased mortality. Samples from the flock were tested and confirmed as positive for HPAI at the Indiana Animal Disease Diagnostic Laboratory at Purdue University, which is part of USDA's National Animal Health Laboratory.

Dubois County in southern Indiana is a major poultry-producing county, producing about 4 million turkeys a year, according to USDA's 2012 Ag Census. The county also has large number of chicken layers and pullet operations.

T.J. Meyers, associate deputy administrator of APHIS Veterinary, said during a news conference Friday that the infected farm was quarantined immediately after the virus was confirmed. APHIS and state officials are collaborating to euthanize the entire flock to prevent the disease from spreading, he said.

APHIS reassured consumers that no birds from the flock will enter the food system. There are no known cases of H7N8 infections in humans. However, APHIS reminded consumers to cook all poultry and eggs to an internal temperature of 165 degrees Fahrenheit to kill bacteria and viruses, including HPAI.

Since July, APHIS set a goal of attaining 40,000 samples from hunted or captured wild birds between July 2015 and July 2016.

Meyers said Friday that USDA has increased its monitoring of wild birds that are often the carriers of bird flu that end up infecting commercial flocks. USDA collected more than 25,000 samples. While a few H7 viruses were detected, that doesn't mean they are the same as the virus recently found in Indiana. He added that officials will be looking at the viruses found during that testing and comparing it to the virus detected at the Indiana turkey operation.

APHIS did make a request for the purchase of vaccines made in August, but said it was directed at the virus from last year and did not include the H7 vaccine. Meyers said that officials have not seen the H7 virus in the U.S. before, although there have been confirmed cases in Canada and Mexico.

While it is also possible that a new vaccine could be developed against the H7 virus, Meyers said that APHIS' vaccination policy is to use vaccines "only if it feels it is an important adjunct to stamping out an outbreak."

"At this time, there is only one case. So we are not looking to do vaccinations at this point," he said.

In coming days, both state and federal officials, along with industry representatives, will join in a combined effort to perform additional testing in a 10-kilometer area around the affected premises.

"We are mobilizing our incident management team to the area," Meyers said. "Testing is critical to detect any additional cases."

Meyers added that valuable lessons have been learned since the outbreak last year, and there have been great strides by the industry to strengthen biosecurity.

"Hopefully we can respond very quickly and get this outbreak contained, so we don't see another outbreak like last year," Meyers said.

The U.S. is making contact with key trading partners to communicate about the outbreak.

APHIS recommends that anyone involved with poultry production, from the small backyard to the large commercial producer, should review their biosecurity activities to assure the health of their birds. To facilitate such a review, a biosecurity self-assessment and educational materials can be found at http://www.uspoultry.org/…

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Wind
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Re: Bird flu season... 60,000 Turkey's gone

http://www.foxnews.com/health/2016/01/17/turkeys-test-positive-for-bird-flu-at-nine-indiana-farms.ht...

 

Up to nine farms now. Dead birds do not eat corn or bean meal. 

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ECIN
Senior Advisor

Re: Bird flu season... 60,000 Turkey's gone

My sources are telling me that 8 of the 9 farms infected are backyard chickens - ( ones that raise there own eggs ) They are going door to door to check if you have any chickens .  Well see what happens today - I guess .

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rawhide
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Re: Bird flu season... 60,000 Turkey's gone

Send them my way.  I don't know what the deal is but it seems like everybody that comes out of town to have some "property" now has about 20 to 30 chickens.The guy across the road is cool-he locks his up until the crops get big-but others just think crop seedlings are free food.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Trying2Farm
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Re: Bird flu season... 60,000 Turkey's gone

http://www.in.gov/boah/2390.htm

 

A little more than a couple of backyard flocks. 240,900 turkeys. Yes they will go door to door in the control zone. It will be a year before they resume operations. Everything will be removed, burnt, disinfected and tested before operations will resume. In the meantime, exports of poultry products are halted. this includes eggs and ducks. This is not good for the Producers or the State.

 

When an Indiana premises is identified with highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI), on-the-ground response efforts begin immediately. Animal health officials carry out a number of activities according to protocols established by the U. S. Department of Agriculture in order to manage the disease and reduce any potential risk of its spread. These activities take place not only on the affected premises, but also in a control area around the affected premises. Affected Site Premises infected with HPAI are placed under quarantine, prohibiting the movement of poultry and poultry products on or off of the affected site. The USDA and the Indiana Board of Animal Health (BOAH) work with infected flock owners to develop a flock plan which includes appraisal and indemnity agreements for depopulation of poultry on the affected premises. After depopulation of the flock, all poultry remains and other potentially infected materials on the affected farms are safely disposed of according to USDA/BOAH guidelines.

 

Control Area The control area is a 10 km (6.2 mile) zone that is established around infected flocks and includes two zones: infected and buffer. •Infected zone, a 3-km (1.9-mile) radius around the infected site: all backyard flocks are officially quarantined. Live and dead poultry and poultry products cannot be moved on or off a premises without a BOAH-approved movement permit. Each flock must complete two rounds of surveillance testing, with negative results before quarantines can be lifted.

 

•Buffer zone, an additional 7-km (4.3-mile) radius around the infected zone: poultry owners cannot move live or dead poultry or poultry products on or off of their premises without a BOAH-approved movement permit. Commercial flocks inside of the control area undergo surveillance in accordance with U. S. Department of Agriculture protocols. All commercial poultry producers in the control area also comply with stringent biosecurity and permitting protocols in order to move poultry or poultry products off of their farms.

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sw363535
Honored Advisor

Re: Bird flu season... 60,000 Turkey's gone

Thank you for that information.....

 

and Welcome

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ECIN
Senior Advisor

Re: Bird flu season... 60,000 Turkey's gone

Great Info Trying - I did send that site on to others that had sent me info from Southern IN . Also Welcome from Shelby County .

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Trying2Farm
Contributor

Re: Bird flu season... 60,000 Turkey's gone

Thanks, SW & ECIN. I am north of you EC in Huntington  Co. I have a couple of houses of layers and this is on the radar. We sort of have the direct line to that kind of info and found out the day they started to depopulate.

 

I Guess i have lurked around long enough and just felt the need to pass along the info. I guess this market stuff anymore is just about as clear as politics. LOL

ECIN
Senior Advisor

Re: Bird flu season... 60,000 Turkey's gone

Dang Trying - You are up North  Smiley Happy  Been to the Wabash area many times but not to Huntington County

 

Best of luck up there and keep the birds healthy - 

 

ken

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