March 23, 2023

Avian influenza confirmed at Madison County poultry farm

The Arkansas Division of Agriculture confirmed Friday (Oct. 7) a case of avian influenza on an Arkansas poultry farm in Madison County.

Also referred to as H5N1 avian influenza (HPAI), avian influenza is an airborne respiratory virus that spreads simply amongst chickens by means of nasal and eye secretions, in addition to manure. The virus may be unfold in varied methods from flock to flock, together with by wild birds, by means of contact with contaminated poultry, by gear, and on the clothes and footwear of caretakers.

There isn’t any public well being concern, consultants say, and avian influenza doesn’t have an effect on poultry meat or egg merchandise, which stay fit for human consumption. The illness is extremely pathogenic and may unfold rapidly amongst poultry flocks leading to excessive mortality charges amongst birds.

“We’ve got taken instant motion to include this illness and can proceed to work with poultry growers, the trade, and our laboratory companions to guard towards its unfold,” stated Arkansas Secretary of Agriculture Wes Ward. “Arkansas poultry is fit for human consumption, and customers may be assured within the security of their meals.”

“This discovering is the primary case of HPAI in business poultry in Arkansas since 2015,” stated LPD Director Patrick Fisk. “Optimistic take a look at outcomes have been confirmed by the USDA Nationwide Veterinary Service Laboratory in Ames, Iowa.”

The Arkansas Division of Agriculture and associate companies, together with the USDA, are working to include the scenario. Actions embrace sampling and quarantining close by poultry flocks.

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“The farm is underneath quarantine to cease the unfold of avian influenza to different flocks within the state,” stated Arkansas State Veterinarian John Nilz. “The birds on the affected farm have been depopulated to stop the unfold of illness and won’t enter the meals system.”

All poultry flock house owners are inspired to observe the strictest biosecurity on their farms to stop the unfold of the illness. These steps embrace:

  • Restrict, monitor, and report any motion of individuals, autos, or animals on or off your farm;
  • Allow solely important staff and autos to enter the farm to restrict the possibilities of bringing the virus from an outdoor supply;
  • Keep away from visiting different poultry farms and any pointless journey off the farm;
  • Disinfect gear, autos, footwear, and different gadgets that come into contact with flocks;
  • Maintain your flock away from wild or migratory birds, particularly waterfowl; and
  • Isolate any unwell animals and make contact with your veterinarian.