Another potential avian flu case found in Indiana turkeys

A commercial turkey flock in Martin County, Indiana, was depopulated after it was determined to be at high risk of exposure to highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI).

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A commercial turkey flock in Martin County, Indiana, was depopulated after it was determined to be at high risk of exposure to highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI).

The flock in question involved 27,083 turkeys, according an email from the Indiana State Board of Animal Health (BOAH). The Martin County flock was depopulated because it “is associated with” another commercial turkey flock in Daviess County, which the BOAH reported as a presumptive positive case of HPAI on December 11.

BOAH further stated that the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) National Veterinary Services Laboratory confirmed a diagnosis of the H5N1 virus in the Daviess County flock, which included 11,394 turkeys.

According to the USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS), Indiana has had nine cases of HPAI in commercial poultry flocks so far in 2022, but that figure does not include the Daviess County or Martin County turkey flocks. Of those nine cases, six involved commercial meat turkeys, two involved commercial duck breeders and one involved commercial meat ducks.

APHIS releases Iowa numbers

Flock size information for four HPAI cases in separate counties in Iowa, previously announced by the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship (IDAL) has now been released by APHIS, which listed December 12 as the confirmation date for each case.

Those cases involved:

  • 51,200 commercial turkeys in Buena Vista County
  • 50,000 commercial turkeys in Cherokee County
  • 90,000 commercial turkeys in Ida County
  • 50,000 commercial turkeys in Sac County

Abbotsford, British Columbia has 40th avian flu case

Two new cases of HPAI were confirmed on December 13 in British Columbia, Canada, including the 40th case for the municipality of Abbotsford in 2022. The other affected flock was in Langley Township, bringing the township’s total so far this year to seven.

These new cases were announced by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA), but details about flock size or the type of birds in these flocks was not disclosed.

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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