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Avian Influenza

Avian flu can be transmitted by air, but focus on fomites

Studies have shown that transmission of virus by air is a rare occurrence, USDA’s Dr. David Swayne says
It is possible for poultry flocks to be infected with avian influenza through airborne transmission, but those odds are so slim that producers should instead focus their biosecurity efforts on preventing the spread of the virus through fomite exposure, a leading veterinarian with the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) said.
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Learn to combat high-pathogenic avian flu at webinar

Webinar will feature insight of USDA’s Dr. David Swayne and Boehringer Ingelheim’s Dr. Stephane Lemiere
Get further educated on how to fight high-pathogenic avian influenza during the webinar, “Combat high-pathogen avian influenza,” which will be held at 7 a.m. CST on October 30.
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Two more avian flu cases confirmed in California

Three commercial turkey flocks and one small organic mixed poultry flock have been affected by H7N3 avian influenza
Four cases of low pathogenic H7N3 avian influenza have been confirmed by in Stanislaus County, California, the California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) announced.
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Producer survey seeks biosecurity, indemnity opinions

Survey, organized by University of Tennessee and Kansas State University, features 11 questions and offers anonymity to respondents
The faculty at the University of Tennessee and Kansas State University are working together on a poultry producer survey aimed towards on-farm biosecurity practices and producer opinions on the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s current indemnity policy.
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OIE: 35,000 California turkeys lost to avian flu

Low pathogenic H7N3 avian influenza has been detected at two commercial farms in Stanislaus County, California
The outbreak of low pathogenic H7N3 avian influenza in Stanislaus County, California, has led to the loss of 35,000 turkeys at two commercial operations, the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) reported.
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Second California turkey flock hit by H7N3 avian flu

After virus is detected in one flock in Stanislaus County, surveillance of other commercial poultry operations in zone reveals another infected flock
A second commercial turkey flock in Stanislaus County, California, has tested positive for low pathogenic H7N3 avian influenza.
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