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April 2019 USDA Meetings

Summary of USDA Meetings April 2019 in Maryland and Washington DC By Todd Laudenslager, Mahantongo Game Farms In April, I was asked to attend two important USDA meetings on behalf of the NAGA, as well as report back on them to the membership. The first meeting was held on April 17, 2019, at the APHIS … Continued

Study: Gene Editing to Control Avian Influenza

Gene editing may be able to help control the avian influenza virus in the future, according to the results of newly released research. On June 4, 2019, the Roslin Institute, an animal research institute at The University of Edinburgh, announced scientists used gene-editing techniques to stop the virus from spreading in chicken cells grown in … Continued

Avian Flu Confirmed in California Breeding Duck Flock

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 … Continued

USDA Confirms Virulent Newcastle Disease in Pet Chickens in Arizona

WASHINGTON, April 5, 2019 – The United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) confirmed the presence of virulent Newcastle disease in a small flock of pet chickens in Coconino County, Arizona. This is the first case of virulent Newcastle disease in Arizona.  This case is believed to be connected … Continued

USDA Updates National Poultry Improvement Plan Program Standards

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal Plant and Health Inspection Service (APHIS) is updating the National Poultry Improvement Plan (NPIP) Program Standards to finalize provisions for compartmentalization of primary breeding poultry establishments to protect against disease. Compartmentalization is defining a specific group of animals that are maintained under strict biosecurity and health standards, and therefore have a … Continued

H7N1 Low-Pathogenic Avian Influenza Confirmed In Texas

On March 12, 2018, the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) announced that routine, pre-slaughter testing and surveillance for H5/H7 avian influenza had detected H7N1 low-pathogenic avian influenza (LPAI) in a commercial broiler breeder flock in Hopkins County, Texas. Partial HA sequencing determined the H7 to be a low-pathogenic virus of North American wild bird … Continued

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