Indiana Avian Influenza Update

by Caitlyn Andrews January 18, 2016

Indiana Bird Flu Updates

The Indiana Board of Animal Health (BOAH) has updated information regarding the avian influenza case in Dubois County Indiana. The full press releases can be read here. The up to date numbers of affected Indiana premises, counties, and flocks can be found on this page of BOAH's website.

Bird Flu Cases in Dubois County, Indiana

As of January 17, 2016, lab testing of samples from eight of nine Southern Indiana turkey flocks was completed by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) National Veterinary Services Laboratory in Ames, Iowa. All nine were announced as H7 influenza-positive prior to testing, but the specific strain was yet to be determined. BOAH was informed that eight are low-pathogenic H7N8. Testing is being continued on the remaining sample. Including the initial site where bird flu was diagnosed, there is a total of 10 premises affected.

The Good News

In the latest press release by BOAH, Indiana State Veterinarian Bret D. Marsh, DVM, considers this to be good news for the state. It is evidence that Indiana's aggressive surveillance and response efforts in Dubois County are working.

"The low-path H7N8 virus was identified during testing in the 10-km zone around the initial flu-positive flock," Dr. Marsh said. "Because flu viruses are constantly mutating, we want to catch any case as early as possible after infection. We know this virus strain can intensify, so finding these cases as low-path strains shows we are keeping pace with the spread of this disease in the area." 

Continued Testing for Avian Influenza

Currently, priority response by the state of Indiana and the USDA continues for the infected farms. Turkeys are being humanely euthanized and will be properly disposed of to allow proper disinfection of all barns. Aggressive testing of other poultry farms in the area is also being continued.

About Indiana Poultry and Dubois County

According to the press release by BOAH, Dubois County is Indiana's largest turkey producing county, growing 1.4 million birds annually. Indiana ranks 4th in the nation in turkey production. Indiana's poultry industry generates $2.4 billion and employs 14,000 Indiana residents.

Get Indiana Bird Flu Updates

For the full release from BOAH, you can visit our page on Avian Influenza. We keep the page updated with information regarding avian influenza in Indiana.

You can also subscribe for e-mail updates of avian influenza immediate releases on BOAH's website.

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