U.S. Bird Flu Outbreak Could Spread Nationwide; Devastate Poultry Industry

As the Avian Flu Spreads throughout Midwest farms, The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s chief veterinary officer warns the consequences could be devastating for the poultry industry.

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Authorities have confirmed N5N2 outbreaks at more than 30 commercial poultry farms in the Midwest, and today over 5.3 million hens in northwest Iowa were euthanized to prevent the spread of the disease. The action came as Iowa discovered its second outbreak of avian influenza, this time at a commercial chicken laying facility in Osceola County in northwest Iowa.

Officials are trying to get ahead of the disease before it spreads into the state’s large commercial egg-laying industry, where nearly one of every five eggs consumed in this country comes from.

Scientists believe the disease is being spread through migrating birds in the Mississippi flyway. Since the beginning of the year, the lethal H5N2 virus strain has spread throughout several states, including Arkansas, Idaho, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, North Dakota, Oregon, South Dakota and Washington.

Wisconsin declares bird flu state of emergency

Earlier today Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker declared a state of emergency over a bird flu outbreak after three separate flocks became infected in the past week. Walker said on Monday he has authorized the state’s National Guard to help contain the virus.

The infected Wisconsin birds were chickens at an egg-laying facility, turkeys and a backyard flock of mixed-breed birds.

Assistance from the Wisconsin National Guard is necessary because federal resources are thin, due to avian influenza virus outbreaks in other states, particularly in the Midwest,” the Governor’s statement said.

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2 Comments

  1. PLEASE, if you keep chickens, do not swap right now. And please do not get this ridiculous idea in your head that you can breed up resistance (yes, I’ve seen that stupidity stated elsewhere). Because even if you could do that, your flock will be destroyed if it comes up positive, and if you managed to HIDE it, you would have the moral responsibility of having spread that to others.
    The ALBC provides a biosecurity checklist. It is a bit overwhelming for backyard chicken keepers due to the fact that some items on the list are not reasonable for the average chicken keeper to implement. That is ok. If you keep chickens, please look it over and implement what is feasible and reasonable for you as there is more to risk than just risk, there is degree of risk.
    If you must buy hatching eggs or live poultry at this time, please look for breeders or hatcheries that are certified AI clean. You can usually find that info on their websites or ask to see the paperwork for the hatchery from the feedstore. You can also contact their state’s National Poultry Improvement Program (NPIP)and possibly find out WHEN the hatchery or breeder was last tested.
    The link to the ALBC biosecurity checklist is:
    http://www.albc-usa.org/documents/ALBCBiosecurityPlan.pdf
    Have a nice day. :)

  2. All you have to do is if you feel like you’re birds have the flu. try to contain them and call the proper agency so they can properly handle it and make for sure that you’re birds either have it or they dont. They can then take the neccesary steps to try and prevent it from spreading. That would be what i would do. But thats my opinion.

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