High Path AI Cases Multiply

Cindy Zimmerman

Cases of high pathogenic avian flu continue to multiply, almost too quickly to keep pace with. On Monday, Iowa Agriculture Secretary Bill Northey announced another five probable cases in commercial chicken farms, including a 3.8 million bird layer operation in Sioux County. “That takes us in total to about 9.5 million layers that are either confirmed positive or presumptive positive,” …

Minnesota Gov Declares Emergency Over HPAI

Jamie Johansen

Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton issued Emergency Executive Order 15-09, declaring a Peacetime State of Emergency in Minnesota in response to the discovery of H5N2 avian influenza cases statewide. Under the Governor’s Executive Order: – The Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management (HSEM) will activate the Minnesota Emergency Operations Plan to support the efforts of the Minnesota Board of Animal …

Industry Addresses New H5N2 Outbreaks

Jamie Johansen

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and Center for Disease Control (CDC) provided an update on highly pathogenic H5N2 avian influenza outbreaks via a press conference this morning. This comes after the recent confirmed case on an Iowa egg farm. USDA Chief Veterinary Officer John Clifford, CDC Medical Officer Dr. Alicia Fry and USDA Southeast Poultry Research Director David Swayne …

Bird Flu Confirmed at Huge Iowa Egg Farm

Cindy Zimmerman

High path avian flu has now been confirmed at an Iowa egg farm that has nearly 10 percent of the state’s laying hens and over one percent of the layers in the nation. USDA has confirmed the presence of highly pathogenic H5N2 avian influenza (HPAI) at an Osceola County commercial laying facility with 5.3 million hens. This is the second …

More Cases of Avian Flu Found

John Davis

Still more cases of the highly pathogenic form of H5N2 avian influenza (HPAI) were confirmed by USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) last week in commercial turkey flocks in South Dakota, Minnesota and Wisconsin. USDA also announced on Friday that they will begin streamlining updates about HPAI through daily GovDelivery messages as well as continue posting the new …

More High Path Avian Flu Cases Found

Cindy Zimmerman

More cases of highly pathogenic H5N2 avian influenza (HPAI) have been confirmed this week by USDA. An additional eight commercial turkey flocks in Minnesota were confirmed on Monday bringing to 22 the total number of confirmed cases in Minnesota. These flocks are within the Mississippi flyway where this strain of avian influenza has previously been identified. CDC considers the risk …