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Conditions for Payment of Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza Indemnity Claims

August 15, 2018 by Dan Johnson

August 15, 2018, Washington D.C. – The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service is issuing a final rule outlining the conditions under which USDA will pay indemnity to farms affected by highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI). It includes updates to USDA’s February 2016 interim rule. This final rule does three […]

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Two Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza Outbreaks Confirmed In Mexico

March 13, 2018 by Dan Johnson

The World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) has reported two highly pathogenic H7N3 outbreaks in Mexico, the country’s first involving the strain since early 2017. The new outbreaks, which began in the middle of February and were reported on Friday by OIE officials, affected a rural farm in Guanajuato state and a backyard flock in […]

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H7N1 Low-Pathogenic Avian Influenza Confirmed In Texas

March 12, 2018 by Dan Johnson

On March 12, 2018, the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) announced that routine, pre-slaughter testing and surveillance for H5/H7 avian influenza had detected H7N1 low-pathogenic avian influenza (LPAI) in a commercial broiler breeder flock in Hopkins County, Texas. Partial HA sequencing determined the H7 to be a low-pathogenic virus of North American wild bird […]

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Low Pathogenic Avian Influenza H7N1 Confirmed In Commercial Turkey Flock In Jasper County, Missouri

March 9, 2018 by Dan Johnson

As part of routine, pre-slaughter testing and surveillance for H5/H7 Avian Influenza, H7N1 presumptive low pathogenic avian influenza (LPAI) was detected in a healthy commercial meat turkey flock in Jasper County in southwestern Missouri, based upon H7 PCR and antibody to H7 and N1; further characterization is pending virus recovery. There have been no clinical […]

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Researchers Identify Parasitic Eyeworms As Cause For Quail Die-Offs

March 8, 2018 by Dan Johnson

Scientists working on the largest quail disease study ever undertaken in the U.S. believe they have identified a major culprit behind previously unexplained die-offs of wild bobwhite quail. Led by the Rolling Plains Quail Research Ranch, “Operation Idiopathic Decline” set out to determine whether disease, parasites, toxins or other factors were causing mysterious and sometimes […]

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Experts Watch Wintering Waterfowl For Signs Of Avian Influenza

March 7, 2018 by Dan Johnson

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 […]

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