The first case of highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) in Arkansas of 2022 involved a flock of broiler breeder pullets, with 56,000 pullets in that flock.

The case was initially reported by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) on October 7, but at the time, the agency had not released any details other than it was confirmed at a broiler breeder operation in Madison County. The additional details were added to the APHIS webpage on October 11.

State officials quarantined the affected premises, and birds on the property are being depopulated.

This remains the state’s only commercial poultry operation to be affected by HPAI this year.

Avian influenza returns to Kansas

APHIS also reported that on October 7, the presence of HPAI was confirmed in a duck breeder flock in Neosho County. There were 2,000 ducks affected.

Officials with the Kansas Department of Agriculture (KDA) officials quarantined the affected premises, and birds on the property are being depopulated to prevent the spread of the disease.

This is the second case of HPAI in a commercial flock in Kansas this year. The first was in a commercial turkey breeder flock in McPherson County, which was confirmed on April 13.

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Avian influenza persists in Utah

Two new cases of HPAI in commercial turkey flocks in Sanpete County, Utah, were confirmed in Sanpete County, Utah. One of the affected flocks consisted of 26,700 turkeys while the other had 38,900 turkeys.

Utah has now had 13 cases of HPAI in commercial poultry flocks. Of those, 12 of them were turkey flocks in Sanpete County.

To learn more about HPAI cases in commercial poultry flocks in the United States and Canada, see an interactive map on WATTPoultry.com. 

Read our ongoing coverage of the global avian influenza outbreak.

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