An Estimated 9,500 Ducks Have Been Affected in Monterey County

Low pathogenic avian influenza (LPAI) has been confirmed in a flock of almost 9,500 breeding ducks in Monterey County, California.

The virus, which is of the H5 serotype, was found as the result of routine surveillance, according to the U.S. Department for Agriculture (USDA), and no birds had shown signs of disease. The source of the virus is unknown, but it was subsequently found to be similar to one found in North American wild birds.

Two neighboring poultry premises in the county have been quarantined. Samples from those two farms have been taken, and the results are pending. Movement controls and enhanced surveillance are being applied, and the affected premises have been disinfected.

USDA, which reported the outbreak to the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) on April 24, appears to linking these latest cases to the detection of an H7N3 LPAI virus at five locations in Stanislaus County, California, in September and October of 2018.

During 2018, LPAI viruses of the H7N1 subtype were detected as the result of routine surveillance in a broiler breeder flock in Texas, and at a turkey farm in Missouri, and an H5N2 LPAI virus was found at eight turkey farms in Minnesota in October and November 2018. In all of these cases, however, the disease situation was thought to be resolved.

California Still Confirming Virulent Newcastle Disease Cases

While animal health officials in California now have a case of avian flu to contend with, they also continue to deal with new cases of virulent Newcastle disease (vND).

According to a press release from the USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS), three additional cases of vND were confirmed in Riverside and San Bernardino counties during the week of April 19-25. All three cases were in backyard exhibition chickens.

The three new cases bring the total number of confirmed vND cases in California in 2019 to 425. There has also been one case in Arizona and one case in Utah this year.

Earlier this month, Monterey Herald reported that Monterey County Fair had cancelled its poultry shows because of an outbreak of vND in California.


Comments Box SVG iconsUsed for the like, share, comment, and reaction icons

Join NAGA President Peg Ballou for this important broadcast on ways to discourage waterfowl and other birds from congregating on your farm or club. Your participation is requested with ideas on products, procedures and plans to share with other industry members. ... See MoreSee Less

Comment on Facebook

Websites that hold this kind of product are not endorsed or necessarily recommended, but the content is here to help you find products that may help deter nondesired birds from remaining around your area. Birdsbgone Laserbird Wildgoosechase Birdbarrier Agrilaser.

Additionally, I mentioned spikes on your posts, owl or swan decoys to deter birds congregating around pens. The swan decoys float in the pond and the incoming ducks and geese stay away. Apparently Swans don't play well with others. Huh, who knew?

And a better one of the metal spinner.

This is the tape I mentioned. Kinda like a mylar bag sliced into strips.

Hey, gang, I am attaching some pictures that wouldn't show on the livestream. This is one of the metal spinners I was talking about.

My problem is starlings and sparrows coming through the 2” net

View more comments

2 months ago
North American Gamebird Association

Join NAGA President Peg Ballou, Executive Director Rob Sexton and Abby Shuft with an update on the avian influenza situation and how it affects us right now, this summer, even though it is not front line in the press. ... See MoreSee Less

2 months ago
North American Gamebird Association

Amazing recorded session with Chef Alfonso of Hocking Hills College in Ohio at the North American Gamebird Association Hunting Club Conference. If you didn't attend, you missed a great time! This next to the last session whetted our appetites and culinary desires. Plan to attend our next event. ... See MoreSee Less

2 months ago
North American Gamebird Association

Chef Alfonso Contrisciani, CMC, AAC cooks pheasant for the NAGA Hunting Club Conference attendees! ... See MoreSee Less