March 16, 2015

Avian influenza confirmed in Arkansas turkey flock

The USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) has confirmed the presence of highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) in a commercial turkey flock in Boone County, Arkansas. The flock of 40,020 turkeys is located within the Mississippi flyway where the H5N2 strain of avian influenza has previously been identified. Previous reports of H5N2 were confirmed in Missouri and Minnesota.

Samples from the turkey flock, which experienced increased mortality, were tested at the Arkansas Livestock and Poultry Commission Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory and the APHIS National Veterinary Services Laboratories in Ames, Iowa, confirmed the findings.  Read More

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