HPAI hits first commercial flock in Indiana since 2022

More than 13,000 turkeys are affected by avian influenza in Daviess County.

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A commercial turkey flock in Daviess County, Indiana, tested positive for highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI), making it the state’s first HPAI case in a commercial flock in more than a year.

The Indiana State Board of Animal Health (BOAH) announced the case, which involved 13,071 turkeys.

The premises has been quarantined, and both a 10-kilometer control area and a 20-kilometer surveillance zone have been established. According to BOAH, there are 45 commercial flocks and 48 backyard flocks in the control area, and 56 commercial flocks in the surveillance zone. The surveillance zone not only includes part of Daviess County, but also portions of Martin and Greene counties.

According to information from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS), the last time a commercial poultry flock in Indiana was struck by HPAI was on December 13, 2022, with that case also occurring in Daviess County.

Indiana was the first state to have a commercial poultry flock struck by HPAI during the 2022-24 outbreak, when on February 8, 2022, the virus was confirmed in a flock of 29,000 commercial turkeys in Dubois County. Nine other commercial poultry flocks were hit by HPAI by the end of that year.

Another Kansas flock infected

APHIS reported that another commercial upland gamebird flock in Kansas was struck by HPAI. The latest case was confirmed on January 22 in Mitchell County, with 5,800 birds affected.

This is the fifth instance of an HPAI infection in a commercial operation in Kansas in 2024. Four of those involved gamebirds in Mitchell County, while the other was a commercial layer pullet flock in Rice County.

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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