Tuesday, July 10, 2007

Turkey flock in VA infected with low grade bird flu virus. Poultry events in state cancelled

Officials with the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services determined that a turkey flock in Shenandoah County tested suspicious for antibodies of presumed low pathogenic avian influenza (LPAI).  Testing over the weekend by the USDA’s National Veterinary Services Laboratory (NVSL) in Ames, Iowa confirmed the presence of H5 avian influenza antibodies.  NVSL has not yet identified the actual virus that caused the birds to produce the antibodies.

The farm is under quarantine and the birds are awaiting depopulation.  State and federal officials and the poultry industry are increasing surveillance within a six-mile radius of the affected farm and have enhanced already strict biosecurity.

On July 9, the State Veterinarian issued a Cancellation Order prohibiting all public shows and sales in Virginia and banning the movement of poultry litter, manure and bedding in 17 counties.

Bird flu story source: VA government

Posted by john T. on 07/10 at 08:20 AM
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