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Final Indiana Avian Influenza Quarantine Lifted; State Achieves Free Status

INDIANAPOLIS (2 May 2016)—The last remaining quarantine associated with the highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) cases identified in Dubois County, Ind. has officially been lifted by the Indiana State Board of Animal Health (BOAH). This quarantine release coincides with the state achieving avian influenza-free status, after logging 90 consecutive days with no new cases of the poultry disease.

On January 15, a commercial turkey farm in Dubois County was diagnosed with the H7N8 HPAI virus. Within 24 hours, another nine avian influenza-infected turkey farms were identified nearby through rapid surveillance testing. Those findings led to quarantines on all 10 farms, as well as the establishment of a 10-km (6.2-mile) radius Control Area that restricted movements of all poultry and poultry products onto and off of farms.

For 38 days, BOAH led the active response to eradicate the influenza virus from the area and assure safe and proper disposal of the birds. Indiana Department of Homeland Security, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and other state and local agencies assisted to prevent the situation from growing to levels seen in 2015 in the Upper Midwest, when a different HPAI strain caused the loss of 48 million birds on 223 farms. Indiana’s efforts focused on protecting the state’s $2.4 billion poultry industry that employs 14,000 Hoosiers.

State Veterinarian Bret D. Marsh, DVM stated that HPAI launched an unprecedented animal health event for Indiana and, in some aspects, for the nation. “In hindsight, we feel we got ahead of this virus by testing neighboring farms the first day. The discovery of so many AI-positive sites—nine—in one day was unheard of, even at the height of the 2015 event. Our teams in the field had to scale-up, overnight. But we did it, and completed the task, in 38 days,” he said.

Under USDA guidelines, HPAI-infected farms must dispose of birds, then clean and disinfect the facilities that must sit idle for at least 21 days, followed by environmental testing to verify no virus is present. Only then can a quarantine be lifted and the farm restocked with birds.

USDA also defines when a state can be declared avian influenza free, which is 90 days without new cases after carcass disposal was accomplished. BOAH's goal has been to achieve this milestone to pave the way for international trade to be completely restored.

BOAH's staff continues to work with the poultry industry on preventing another case of HPAI and plan for any future response. BOAH staff will oversee testing of the flocks as the previously infected flocked are restocked in the coming weeks.

Highly pathogenic avian influenza, or HPAI, refers to a class of flu viruses that are very deadly to some species of infected birds, including domestic poultry. The disease poses no food safety threat. Poultry meat and eggs are safe to eat.

Updates on the avian influenza situation in Indiana continue to be available online at:  http://www.in.gov/boah/2390.htm

Above Text takend from a Press Release issued by the Indiana BOAH Office on May 2, 2016.

 

NEW Biosecurity for Birds Videos available on YouTube

USDA APHIS posted two new videos focused on good biosecurity practices to help prevent the spread of deadly poultry diseases, including avian influenza.  To watch the videos click HERE or HERE.  For additional information visit healthybirds.aphis.usda.gov

Dubois County Poultry Control Area Released After Negative Tests

The 6.2 mile control area associated with the highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) incident in Dubois County, IN was lifted on Monday, February 22 by the Indiana State Veterinarian.  Poultry owners, commercial and residential, in the area may now resume normal operations and movements of birds and poultry products.

Read the full press release here.

Highly Pathogenic H7N8 Avian Influenza Diagnosed in Indiana Poultry Flock

 The Indiana State Board of Animal Health (BOAH) has been notified by the US Department of Agriculture's Veterinary Services Laboratory that poultry from a commercial turkey farm in Dubois County has tested positive for highly pathogenic H7N8 avian influenza. 

Avian influenza does not present a food safety risk; poultry and eggs are safe to eat.  The Centers for Disease Control considers the risk of illness to humans to be very low.

Read the full press release here.

Poultry Grower Webinar Series: Vaccination as part of an Avian Flu Eradication Plan

This exclusive 90-minute webinar is on WED, DECEMBER 16, at 2:30 p.m. (CST).  Join experts from the USDA and Asia Pacific Veterinary Information Service to discuss the two avian flu vaccines recently selected for the USDA vaccine stockpile and how vaccination might be used to help eradicate future avian influenza outbreaks.  RESERVE YOUR SPACE now for access to the presentation.

USDA Continues to Prepare for Any Possible Findings of Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza

The United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) continues to prepare for any potential findings of highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI). The United States has the strongest AI surveillance program in the world, and USDA is working with its partners to actively look for the disease in commercial poultry operations, live bird markets and in migratory wild bird populations.  As part of these surveillance efforts, Eurasian H5 avian influenza was recently found in genetic material collected from a wild duck, but testing was unable to determine the exact strain of the viruses or whether they were high pathogenic or low pathogenic. Producers and the industry are working to enhance their biosecurity on farms to help provide even better protection against the virus should a reappearance of HPAI occur.  In addition to practicing good biosecurity, all bird owners should prevent contact between their birds and wild birds and report sick birds or unusual bird deaths to State/Federal officials, either through their state veterinarian or through USDA’s toll-free number at 1-866-536-7593.

Read the full USDA Bulletin here.

Indiana State Poultry Association Donates Over 73 Tons to Indiana Food Banks

Lt. Governor Sue Ellsperman will join representatives of the Indiana State Poultry Association to celebrate the donation of over 73 tons (146,000 pounds) of poultry products to food banks across Indiana for distribution to hungry Hoosier families on Monday, November 23, 2015.  This donation of high protein meat and eggs is always appreciated by the food pantries that feed the hungry throughout the state. The current donation alone provides hundreds of thousands of highly nutritious meals to Hoosier families.

Read the full press release here.

Bird Movement Ban Lifts September 17

INDIANAPOLIS (8 September 2015) -- Indiana poultry can resume regular movements to shows and sales beginning September 17. Beginning on that date, poultry movements that include a change in ownership must be documented to allow easier disease traces.

USDA and Alvin and the Chipmunks Team Up to Reduce Foodborne Illness

In an effort to educate children and their families about the importance of food safety, USDA and the Ad Council are joining 20th Century FOX to launch a series of public service advertisements (PSAs) featuring Alvin and the Chipmunks. The PSAs use footage from the upcoming film Alvin & the Chipmunks: The Road Chip to introduce viewers to four steps to food safety: clean, separate, cook and chill.

HPAI Information

Since December 2014, USDA has confirmed cases of Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI) H5 in the Pacific, Central and Mississippi Flyways (migratory paths for birds). The disease has been found in wild birds, as well as in backyard and commercial flocks. 
There are four important things that you need to know about this situation:
1. The United States food supply is safe. Our food is safe, the United States has the strongest Avian Influenza (AI) surveillance system in the world.
2. The risk to humans is low. No human infections with these viruses have been detected, and the Centers for Disease Control considers the risk to people from the High Path Avian Influenza infections in wild birds, backyard flocks, and commerical poultry to be low.
3. Indiana has a team approach to deal with Avian Influenza. The Indiana State Poultry Association, the Indiana Board of Animal Health, the Purdue Animal Disease Diagnostic Lab, and USDA-APHIS work together with the National Poultry Improvement Plan. These agencies and the NPIP look for the disease, educate the public about AI, and help producers decide on the most appropriate practices to ensure the health and safety of their flock.
4. Biosecurity is of utmost importance to help prevent AI. Avian Influenza was first detected in backyard flocks in the Northwest, and has spread to commerical flocks. The virus is specific to the bird, not the type of housing. A high standard of biosecurity can help prevent the spread of Avian Influenza. Wild birds are carriers of AI and can carry this disease without any symptoms.
Additional Information on AI, biosecurity and disease prevention can be found here.

For more information on HPAI in Indiana, visit the

The Indiana Bird Movement Ban was lifted on September 17, for more information, visit: http://www.in.gov.boah/files/Ban_Lifted_on_Bird_Movement_PR_9-8-15(1).pdf

For more information on HPAI in the United States, visit the USDA-APHIS-VS website here.


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