Indiana reports sixth confirmed avian influenza case

A sixth case of highly pathogenic avian influenza and a fourth case in Dubois County has been confirmed.

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Animal health officials in Indiana announced that a sixth case of highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) in the state and the fourth in Dubois County.

Information posted on the Indiana State Board of Animal Health (BOAH) website revealed that a case of HPAI of the H5N1 serotype was confirmed in a commercial turkey flock in Dubois County. There were 16,479 birds in the flock, which has been depopulated.

The premises where Dubois County’s fourth confirmed case is less than one mile south of the farm where the county’s third case of HPAI was discovered.

The other two cases of HPAI to be confirmed in Indiana occurred in Greene County. All six of the state’s cases to date have been in commercial turkey flocks. A total of 171,224 turkeys in Indiana have been affected.

There have been two other confirmed cases of HPAI in commercial turkeys in North America. One of those was in Webster County, Kentucky, while the other was located in Nova Scotia, Canada.

Two other cases of HPAI have been reported in commercial poultry in the United States. One was in a commercial broiler flock in Fulton County, Kentucky, while the other was in a layer operation in New Castle County, Delaware.

So far in 2022, HPAI has been confirmed in three of North American flyways, with the Central Flyway being the only one to not have a confirmed case. However, the only case of HPAI to be confirmed in the Pacific Flyway did not involve commercial poultry. Instead, it was in a bald eagle in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. 

In accordance the international standards set by the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) wild bird findings, such as the eagle found in British Columbia, as well as backyard poultry and backyard non-poultry, should not result in any trade restrictions. 

View our continuing coverage of the global avian influenza situation.

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