HPAI hits 2 commercial gamebird flocks in Kansas

The new cases are confirmed one week after a commercial layer pullet flock in the state tested positive for avian influenza.

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Highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) continues to spread in Kansas, as the presence of the virus was confirmed in two commercial upland gamebird flocks.

Both affected flocks, according to the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS), were in Mitchell County. One flock involved 32,000 birds and the other involved 3,700.

The cases were confirmed by APHIS on January 10.

Seven days earlier, a commercial table egg layer pullet flock in Rice County was affected by HPAI, with 240,000 birds in the flock. Rice County is in central Kansas, while Mitchell County is in north-central Kansas.

Kansas had five commercial flocks affected by HPAI in 2023 and one in 2022.

So far in 2024, three U.S. states have had commercial flocks affected by HPAI. In addition to the three flock infections in Kansas, California has had three and Wisconsin has had one.

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

View our continuing coverage of the global avian influenza situation

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