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Worst US bird flu outbreak in history expands to Michigan

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Michigan on Monday said Canadian geese in the state tested positive for a lethal strain of bird flu, bringing the worst outbreak of the disease in U.S. history to a 21st state.

Three young geese collected in Sterling Heights, Michigan, about 20 miles (30 km) north of Detroit, were infected with the highly pathogenic H5N2 flu strain, according to the Michigan Department of Natural Resources. The state is now focusing on preventing the spread of the disease to poultry, Director Keith Creagh said.

Nationwide, more than 46 million chickens and turkeys have been killed by the disease or culled to prevent its spread. Most are in Iowa, the top U.S. egg-producing state, and Minnesota, the nation's top turkey-producing state.

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http://www.foxnews.com/health/2015/06/09/worst-us-bird-flu-outbreak-in-history-expands-to-michigan/

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Another one in Iowa

.http://crofsblogs.typepad.com/h5n1/2015/06/us-one-likely-h5n2-outbreak-in-iowa.html

 

US: One likely H5N2 outbreak in Iowa

Via the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship: ONE PROBABLE CASE OF HIGHLY PATHOGENIC AVIAN INFLUENZA IN SIOUX COUNTY. Excerpt:

The Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship is responding to a probable case of highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) in Sioux County.  The Department has quarantined the premise 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 18

 – Flock that has a variety species and an estimated 3,800 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.

USDA APHIS has no updates more recent than June 5, when the total bird loss was 46.8 million.

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Oh looky! If they approve this we can eat the vaccine that will be in the chickens and eggs.

http://news.yahoo.com/bird-flu-vaccine-under-development-050000018.html

Bird flu vaccine, under development, divides U.S. poultry industry

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Chicken farmers in states not yet hit by the bird flu, such as Mississippi, are lobbying against approval of a vaccination program without more testing and economic analysis. Many producers worry vaccinated birds could spread the virus, while exporters say a vaccination program could act as a trigger for rejection of U.S. poultry in foreign markets.

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NC to ban public poultry shows, sales to prevent spread of bird flu

The state will suspend public shows and sales of live poultry starting in mid-August in an attempt to stop the spread of avian flu, state officials announced Thursday.

State Veterinarian Doug Meckes made the decision to suspend the shows in anticipation of a potential spread of bird flu to North Carolina this fall, when waterfowl migrate south for the winter. Almost 50 million birds have been killed as a result of the virus in the country so far, but it has not yet spread to the Southeast.

“There’s a significant likelihood that it will come to North Carolina,” Meckes said in an interview. “It’s a significant threat to our industry.”

North Carolina is the country’s fourth-largest producer of chickens for meat and the third-largest producer of turkeys, state officials said.

Eleven other states have enacted similar bans on public poultry shows and sales, while others have modified rules for the shows, Meckes said.

The North Carolina ban would run from Aug. 15 to Jan. 15, and it means the popular poultry exhibit at the N.C. State Fair in October will be canceled.

http://www.newsobserver.com/news/local/article23754268.html

 


 

 

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Good grief. Considering the Delmarva Peninsula's massive poultry industry, I wonder if they will cancel large portions of the Delaware state fair? I'm hoping we avoid it, but it's popping up everywhere, and North Carolina is a southern breeze away!

NC to ban public poultry shows, sales to prevent spread of bird flu

The state will suspend public shows and sales of live poultry starting in mid-August in an attempt to stop the spread of avian flu, state officials announced Thursday.

State Veterinarian Doug Meckes made the decision to suspend the shows in anticipation of a potential spread of bird flu to North Carolina this fall, when waterfowl migrate south for the winter. Almost 50 million birds have been killed as a result of the virus in the country so far, but it has not yet spread to the Southeast.

“There’s a significant likelihood that it will come to North Carolina,” Meckes said in an interview. “It’s a significant threat to our industry.”

North Carolina is the country’s fourth-largest producer of chickens for meat and the third-largest producer of turkeys, state officials said.

Eleven other states have enacted similar bans on public poultry shows and sales, while others have modified rules for the shows, Meckes said.

The North Carolina ban would run from Aug. 15 to Jan. 15, and it means the popular poultry exhibit at the N.C. State Fair in October will be canceled.

http://www.newsobserver.com/news/local/article23754268.html

 


 

 

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