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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

Experts Watch Wintering Waterfowl For Signs Of Avian Influenza

Cold weather in portions of the United States has produced large concentrations of wild waterfowl in a number of areas, including Maryland—where an aerial survey counted more than 1 million waterfowl in tidal tributaries of Chesapeake Bay. That figure is well above the state’s five-year average and a red flag to producers of gamebirds, chickens … Continued

North American Gamebird Association Annual Convention Kicks Off In Seattle

SEATTLE, WA—Jan. 15, 2018—Members of the North American Gamebird Association are gathered in the Emerald City this week for the 86th annual NAGA Educational Conference and Convention, which runs Jan. 15-17 at the Seattle Renaissance Hotel in downtown Seattle. Representing gamebird producers and hunting preserve operators from across the continent, the group kicked off the … Continued

May/June 2017

President’s Letter: Don’t Let Your Guard Down Executive Director’s Report: Those Who Plan Are Rewarded NAGA Health Update: Avian Influenza Reappears In Spring Of 2017 Communications Director’s Report: Reap The Rewards Of Outreach NAGA Health Update Gail Keirn, USDA-APHIS Public Affairs Specialist: Neither Rain or Sleet nor Snow Stops Wildlife Disease Biologists From Collecting Samples … Continued

USDA And Tennessee Department Of Agriculture Confirm Second Case Of Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza

The United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) and Tennessee state veterinarian have confirmed a second case of highly pathogenic H7N9 avian influenza in a commercial breeder flock in Lincoln County, Tennessee. This H7N9 strain is of North American wild bird lineage and is the same strain of avian … Continued

Pennsylvania Ag Secretary Reminds Producers Biosecurity Measures Are Still Needed

Harrisburg, PA – Despite few highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) reports in early 2016, Pennsylvania Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding reminds poultry producers of the need to remain vigilant and practice good biosecurity measures.

Having sound biosecurity protections in place are among the best preventative measures producers can take to protect the state’s $13 billion poultry industry, he said.

Minnesota Wild Bird Testing Yields Few A-I Answers

A year after deadly avian influenza hit Minnesota, testing of more than 6,000 wild birds has yielded little insight into the role, if any, that waterfowl and other species played in the outbreak.

As the state Department of Natural Resources plans to scale back testing efforts, state poultry growers urge continued vigilance, including testing different species of wild birds and using different methods, such as testing blood instead of droppings.

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