Ohio, Wisconsin turkeys lost to avian influenza

Infections have been confirmed in two flocks in Wisconsin and one in Ohio.

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More commercial turkey operations have been struck by highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) in the states of Wisconsin and Ohio.

According to new information provided by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS), the presence of HPAI was confirmed in a commercial meat turkey flock in Darke County, Ohio, on December 1. There were 33,000 turkeys in the flock.

APHIS also reported that on November 28, HPAI was confirmed in two commercial turkey flocks in Trempealeau County, Wisconsin. Those flocks involved 23,500 and 48,700 turkeys. HPAI was also confirmed in another turkey flock in that county on November 22.

These new cases bring the total number of commercial poultry flocks affected by HPAI in 2023 in each of the two states to three. In 2022, Wisconsin had 11 commercial operations struck by HPAI, while Ohio had one.

HPAI strikes two more times in British Columbia

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) reported that two more farms in British Columbia have been struck by HPAI. According to the agency, the presence of the virus was confirmed in a commercial poultry flock in Langley Township on December 1 and another commercial poultry flock in Chilliwack on December 3.

CFIA did not disclose what type of poultry or how many birds were involved.

British Columbia remains the Canadian province to have the most commercial flocks affected by HPAI during the 2022-23 outbreak, with 126. Of those, 54 flocks were affected in 2023.

View our continuing coverage of the global avian influenza situation

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

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