In May 2015, highly pathogenic avian influenza was confirmed in a backyard mixed poultry flock in Whitley County, Indiana. Last week, highly pathogenic H7N8 avian influenza was confirmed in a commercial turkey flock in Dubois County, Indiana.
At the time of the 2015 confirmation, the Mississippi flyway had numerous outbreaks of H5N2 avian influenza, but this was the first confirmed case of H5N8 avian influenza outside of the Pacific flyway in 2015.
The confirmation in 2016 was the first confirmed case of highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) this year in the U.S. APHIS points out that this is a different strain of HPAI than the strains that caused the avian influenza outbreak in 2015.
The turkey flock hit this year was being raised for Farbest Foods. The affected farm is owned by Steve Kalb, who was raising the birds for Farbest. Kalb said in a report an estimated 60,000 turkeys on the farm will be depopulated.
Eight new cases of H7N8 avian influenza have been confirmed by the USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) to be of the low pathogenic variety, while testing is ongoing in a ninth flock that has been confirmed to have H7N8.
An updated map created by WATTAgNet staff shows the locations of the 2016 avian influenza cases.
Highly pathogenic H5N8 avian influenza has been confirmed in a backyard mixed poultry flock in Whitley County, Indiana.