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2015 Avian Influenza News: 

April 13, 2015, From Animal Plant Health Inspection Service of USDA:  “WASHINGTON -- The United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) has confirmed the presence of highly pathogenic H5N2 avian influenza (HPAI) in a commercial layer flock in Jefferson County, Wisconsin.  The flock of 200,000 chickens is located within the Mississippi flyway where this strain of avian influenza has previously been identified. CDC 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 been detected at this time.”

February 13, 2015 Yet another case of HPAI

On Feb. 12, the Animal Plant Health and Inspection Services (APHIS) confirmed that a broiler flock in Kings County, California was infected with HPAI, H5N8. The flock has been depopulated.

Feb 8, 2015:  Confirmation of Avian Influenza - backyard flock in British Columbia, Canada

On Fri., Feb, 6, 2015 the British Columbia Poultry Association confirmed that a backyard flock of 80 laying hens tested positive for Avian Influenza. Authorities have depopulated the flock and put quarantine measures in place. The flock was located in Chilliwack, a community east of Vancouver.

REMEMBER: Avian Influenza, like other poultry diseases, is opportunistic. It does not care if it attacks commercial turkeys or backyard chickens. All poultry owners must PRACTICE the best biosecurity measures possible.

Jan 28, 2015:  Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI) H5N8 has been confirmed in ONE commercial turkey flock in Waterford, Stanislaus County, California.   There have been no confirmed cases in backyard chickens.

As always, backyarders and fanciers are urged to practice good biosecurity.  Birds that have been exhibited at poultry shows should be quarantined when owners return home, before the birds are reintroduced to the home flock.

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