Kansas commercial turkey flock hit by avian influenza

Samples collected from acommercial turkey flock in Crawford County, Kansas, tested positive for lowpathogenic avian influenza.

Samples collected from a commercial turkey flock in Crawford County, Kansas, tested positive for low pathogenic avian influenza, the Kansas Department of Agriculture (KDA) announced.

The flock will be depopulated by company officials and buried on site, according to the KDA.  Working in conjunction with the Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE), a disposal area has been identified. This area has been determined to be acceptable for the burial of carcasses based on data evaluated including groundwater depth, soil type, depth to bedrock and slope of land in the area.  KDHE will monitor the disposal site as part of their normal inspection of the facility.

Because this is a low pathogenic form of avian influenza, no quarantine will be issued by KDA. 

“We are dedicated to providing the necessary assistance and precautions to avoid any possible spreading of the disease,” Dr. Bill Brown Kansas Animal Health Commissioner said.  “Even though this is the low path variety, it still requires immediate action and animal health officials are responding.”

This case marks the second confirmed case of avian influenza in Kansas in 2015. Highly pathogenic avian influenza was reported in a backyard chicken and duck flock in Leavenworth County, located in the northeast part of the state.

Crawford County, in southeast Kansas, borders Missouri, where two commercial turkey flocks had confirmed cases of avian influenza.

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