Breaking News! Highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) has been detected in a turkey flock in Indiana.
Highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) has been detected in a turkey flock in Indiana.
This is a mutation of the North American strain (H7N8), rather than the Asian strain, which caused the large outbreak last spring. As of this writing, the highly pathogenic strain was isolated to a single premise, which has been depopulated. The low pathogenicity of the same strain was found in 8 surrounding premises and they are being depopulated as well.
LADDL is fully equipped and authorized to perform avian influenza testing. If you have backyard poultry clients, they may benefit from the USDA website for biosecurity: http://healthybirds.aphis.usda.gov. This strain of avian influenza has never been detected in human infections. If you suspect any cases of HPAI please notify the Louisiana State Animal Health Officials.
January 19, 2016