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Avian influenza continues to be a major focus for the poultry industry. Here are six developments concerning avian influenza you should know:

1. Are avian influenza control strategies working? –  University of Minnesota’s Dr. Carol Cardona, meeting at the International Conference on Avian Influenza and Poultry Trade, suggested to poultry health professionals that current methods used to prevent the spread of avian influenza are not working, and encouraged them to rethink the control methods being used.

2. Another week without new cases – APHIS had previously been sending email notifications concerning outbreaks to shareholders on a daily basis. After multiple days of sending emails stating there were no new cases, the agency announced it would only send notifications when a new case has been confirmed. The last confirmed case was reported on June 17, when a commercial layer flock in Wright County, Iowa, was infected. Before that case was confirmed, the U.S. had gone a full week without any new avian influenza detections.

3. Avian influenza risk greater downwind –  Dr. Brian McCluskey, chief epidemiologist at the USDA Animal and Plant Health and Inspection Service (APHIS) told attendees at the International Conference on Avian Influenza and Poultry Trade that studies show avian influenza virus is likely to be airborne, and flocks downwind of premises that have been infected are at a greater risk of contracting the virus.

4. Funds to fight avian flu must remain, senator says –  U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer, D-New York, urged his fellow legislators to not approved proposed budget cuts to the USDA, citing that the agency needs funds to battle the ongoing avian influenza problem.

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5. Michael Foods plans layoffs –  After having its egg supply greatly reduced as a result of the avian influenza outbreak, Michael Foods has filed paperwork with the Nebraska Department of Labor, concerning plans to lay off workers at its facilities in Wakefield, Nebraska.

6. Depopulation of Nebraska flocks completed –  The Nebraska Department of Agriculture announced that the depopulation of flocks in Dixon County that were hit by avian influenza has been completed. An estimated 4.9 million birds were euthanized.

Bookmark WATTAgNet's avian influenza update page for current news concerning the virus and its impact on the poultry industry.

Nebraska flocks hit by avian flu depopulated

Nebraska flocks hit by avian flu depopulated Depopulation of 4.9 million laying hens and pullets has been completed, Nebraska agriculture official says Release Date: 2015-06-26 The depopulation of birds exposed to highly pathogenic H5N2 avian influenza in Dixon County, Nebraska, is now complete, Nebraska Department of Agriculture (NDA) Director Greg Ibach announced on June 26.
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Senator: Don't cut USDA funds during avian flu crisis

Senator: Don’t cut USDA funds during avian flu crisis Sen. Charles Schumer says agency needs money for vaccine development, biosecurity measures and response measures Release Date: 2015-06-24 U.S. Avian influenza has affected more than 48 million birds in the United States, which has caused an egg shortage and a subsequent hike in egg prices.
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Analysis: Avian flu risk is greater downwind, APHIS says

Share: Analysis: Avian flu risk is greater downwind, APHIS says Epidemiological studies show avian influenza virus is likely to be airborne, and poultry on farms downwind of infected premises are at greater risk of the disease. One surprising factor – airborne transmission of highly pathogenic avian influenza – involves a poultry farm’s location and may be more difficult to mitigate, short of filtering incoming air in the poultry house.
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Analysis: Time to rethink avian flu control strategy

Share: Analysis: Time to rethink avian flu control strategy Researcher asks gathering of poultry health professionals from around the world if they think what is collectively being done to control avian influenza is working. She told the audience at the Avian Influenza and poultry trade ...
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