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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

Low Pathogenic Avian Influenza H7N1 Confirmed In Commercial Turkey Flock In Jasper County, Missouri

As part of routine, pre-slaughter testing and surveillance for H5/H7 Avian Influenza, H7N1 presumptive low pathogenic avian influenza (LPAI) was detected in a healthy commercial meat turkey flock in Jasper County in southwestern Missouri, based upon H7 PCR and antibody to H7 and N1; further characterization is pending virus recovery. There have been no clinical … Continued

Researchers Identify Parasitic Eyeworms As Cause For Quail Die-Offs

Scientists working on the largest quail disease study ever undertaken in the U.S. believe they have identified a major culprit behind previously unexplained die-offs of wild bobwhite quail. Led by the Rolling Plains Quail Research Ranch, “Operation Idiopathic Decline” set out to determine whether disease, parasites, toxins or other factors were causing mysterious and sometimes … Continued

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