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PostPosted: Wed Dec 17, 2014 3:55 pm 
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Can birds get infections that are secondary to flu like humans can? Like perhaps a fungal infection? I ask because, as stated in the article below, Whatcom Co. was "off the charts" for swan deaths last winter, and I wonder if it's possible the current outbreak(s) started then. http://www.bellinghamherald.com/2014/02 ... .html?rh=1
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Fungal disease is killing swans at Wiser Lake
By JOHN STARK
THE BELLINGHAM HERALD
February 7, 2014

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A fungal disease is being blamed for the deaths of trumpeter swans spending the winter on Whatcom County's Wiser Lake.

Martha Jordan, wildlife biologist and chairwoman of Washington Swan Stewards, said the big white birds have been congregating on the lake by the thousands this winter. The birds prefer to spend the night afloat in the lake closest to their food supply, and this year, that appears to mean Wiser Lake.

Because of concern about swans dying from ingestion of lead shot deposited by hunting in and around local lakes, researchers have been keeping a close eye on swan populations in northwest Washington.

Jordan said 149 dead swans have been found in Whatcom County alone between Jan. 27, 2014, and the migratory birds' arrival in the area earlier in the winter. During the same period last year, fewer than 100 had been collected in the entire northwest Washington area.

"Whatcom County is off the charts for us this year," Jordan said.

Chris Danilson, district wildlife biologist in the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife's La Conner office, said some of the dead swans have been sent to the U.S. Geological Survey's National Wildlife Health Center in Madison, Wis., for analysis. That analysis showed that lead poisoning is still killing some birds, but the lead death toll appears to be dropping thanks to efforts to shoo birds off heavily contaminated Judson Lake, which straddles the U.S.-Canada border just west of Sumas.

Fungus, not lead, appears to be the big killer this year. Danilson said some of the dead birds were infected with aspergillosis, a fungal disease that birds can contract from eating moldy grain in fields and farm yards.

Danilson doesn't think the upswing in aspergillosis is evidence of any other serious environmental problems afflicting the swan population. He noted that the swan population continues to rise, and now stands at about 14,000 in the northwest part of the state.

Aspergillosis outbreaks just seem to happen now and then in waterfowl populations, according to Danilson and online information on the National Wildlife Health Center's website. Danilson said a similar outbreak killed several hundred ducks in the region a few years ago.

Jordan said the change in agricultural use in northern Whatcom County has been dramatic in recent years. Fields in the Sumas area once used for dairy pastures or corn silage have been converted to raspberries and blueberries, which provide no food for wintering waterfowl. As a result, swans are doing more foraging to the west and south, making Wiser Lake a more popular overnight spot.

"All of that is really a loss of habitat for wildlife," Jordan said. "Where do we go from here? How do we support the birds?"

But she added, "Farming is better than a development."

Trumpeter swans have been wiped out of much of the eastern portion of their former North American range, because of both habitat loss and many years of heavy hunting for feathers as ornament and for quill pens. But in recent decades, with the birds no longer hunted, their population has been growing.


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PostPosted: Wed Dec 17, 2014 3:56 pm 
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http://www.theolympian.com/2014/11/27/3 ... .html?rh=1
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Hotline open to report dead, sick swans in Whatcom County
By Kie Relyea
The Bellingham Herald
November 27, 2014

A hotline has been set up once again to report dead, sick or injured trumpeter swans in Whatcom, Skagit and Snohomish counties.

The state Department of Fish and Wildlife is continuing the 24-hour hotline as part of the ongoing effort to monitor lead poisoning in the wild birds.

The hotline, which will operate through March, is 360-466-4345, ext. 266.

Callers will be asked to leave a message, including their name and phone number, and the location and condition of the swans.

Though lead shot has been banned for waterfowl hunting in Washington and British Columbia for more than two decades, biologists say swans may be reaching shallow underwater areas where spent lead shot is still present, according to a Fish and Wildlife news release.

Fish and Wildlife and other organizations have been working since 2001 to locate the sources of the toxic lead.


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PostPosted: Wed Dec 17, 2014 4:04 pm 
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What to do About Avian Flu
Do NOT touch or otherwise contact any bird that appears sick or dying.
If you suspect a domestic bird such as a chicken, turkey, or duck is ill, contact the WSDA Avian Health Program at 1-800-606-3056.
Sick and/or dead wild birds should be reported to the WDFW at 1-800-606-8768.
If you are concerned about this illness in you or your family, please contact the Washington State Department of Health at 1-800-525-0127.

Official Information on the Recent Cases of Avian Flu in WA
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There’s been a lot of discussion about a recent case of Avian Influenza that was reported in waterfowl at Wiser Lake in Whatcom County, which is very near the Canadian border. While the avian influenza virus (aka ”bird flu”) has recently been problematic with the poultry industry in British Columbia, the strains identified in Whatcom County are not the same as the one identified in BC (HPAI H5N2). More research is underway.
Unfortunately, the way these cases came to light was tragic. Many of you may know Dan Pike, who also lives very near the border. One of Dan’s falcons caught a duck and then he fed that duck to a few of his other birds. All four of his falcons that ate the duck died within a few days and were sent off to be tested for cause of death. The first two falcons that died came back positive for a highly pathogenic strain of the virus (HPAI H5N8); the results on the other two falcons are still pending. His other raptors, which have not shown signs of influenza, have been confined to his property and are being closely monitored. It is unknown whether this strain of influenza can also infect humans; because of this Dan and his wife are also being monitored.
On behalf of myself, his friends, and his falconer brothers and sisters: our hearts go out to Dan and his wife for the loss of their birds. You are in our thoughts and we are there for you. - Brad Felger
Effective immediately, those of us that live in the northwest corner of Washington State should NOT feed ducks caught this season to our raptors until more is known. Freezing the ducks does NOT kill this particular virus.

There is a Town Meeting being held in Lynden this Thursday to discuss avian influenza and what backyard poultry breeders, etc. can do to protect their birds. (http://agr.wa.gov/News/2014/14-25.aspx)

The USDA has released a bulletin containing all information known so far. It is highly recommended that you read it. (http://www.aphis.usda.gov/publications/ ... luenza.pdf)

The USGS has also released a document. (http://www.nwhc.usgs.gov/publications/w ... 5_H5N8.pdf)

There’s more information on the WDFW site. (http://wdfw.wa.gov/conservation/health/ ... index.html)

http://www.wafalconers.org/

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PostPosted: Wed Dec 17, 2014 4:35 pm 
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Published Date: 2014-12-17 10:12:32
Subject: PRO/AH/EDR> Avian influenza (108): USA (WA) H5N2, H5N8, wild birds
Archive Number: 20141217.3038018

AVIAN INFLUENZA (108): USA (WASHINGTON STATE) H5N2, H5N8, WILD BIRDS
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Date: 16 Dec 2014
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http://www.aphis.usda.gov/publications/ ... luenza.pdf


The United States Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) confirmed the presence of highly pathogenic (HPAI) H5 avian influenza in wild birds in Whatcom County, Washington.

Two separate virus strains were identified: HPAI H5N2 in northern pintail ducks and HPAI H5N8 in captive Gyrfalcons that were fed hunter-killed wild birds.

Neither virus has been found in commercial poultry anywhere in the United States. There is no immediate public health concern with either of these avian influenza viruses. Both H5N2 and H5N8 viruses have been found in other parts of the world and have not caused any human infection to date.

The finding in Whatcom County was quickly reported and identified due to increased surveillance for avian influenza in light of the HPAI H5N2 avian influenza affecting commercial poultry in British Columbia, Canada.

Washington State, USDA, and other Federal partners are working jointly on additional surveillance and testing of birds in the nearby area.

All bird owners, whether commercial producers or backyard enthusiasts, are encouraged to practice good biosecurity, prevent contact between their birds and wild birds, and to report sick birds or unusual bird deaths to State/Federal officials, either through your state veterinarian or through USDA's toll-free number at 1-866-536-7593. Additional information on biosecurity for backyard flocks can be found at http://healthybirds.aphis.usda.gov.

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[It seems unusual to find 2 virus strains of highly pathogenic viruses in wild birds in the same county. The higher alert from the situation in Canada may have contributed to the early detection in this case.

For more information on highly pathogenic avian influenza, readers are referred to the moderator's comments in ProMED-mail post 20141205.3012874. - Mod.TG

A HealthMap/ProMED-mail map can be accessed at: http://healthmap.org/promed/p/248.]

See Also

Avian influenza (55): USA (CA) poultry, LPAI, H5 20140425.2428504
Avian influenza (54): USA (CA) poultry, LPAI, H5, OIE 20140423.2424661
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Avian influenza (71): USA (AR) poultry, LPAI H7N7 20130620.1782674
Avian influenza (04): USA (NY) H5 LPAI, poultry, RFI for N-type 20130115.1498109
2012
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Avian influenza (13): USA (MA) LPAI, swan 20120208.1036521
Avian influenza (08): USA (MA) LPAI, swan 20120203.1031447
2004
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Avian influenza, H7, poultry - USA (DE, MD) 20040412.0993
Avian influenza, poultry, H7 - USA (MD) (02) 20040309.0665
Avian Influenza, poultry, H7 - USA (MD) 20040308.0657
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 17, 2014 4:51 pm 
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Wiser Lake (old photo)
http://www.ecy.wa.gov/programs/eap/lake ... iswh1.htmlImage


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Link to recent Google Earth image of Wiser Lake
http://www.fishhound.com/water/wiser-lake-wa


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PostPosted: Wed Dec 17, 2014 7:23 pm 
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http://www.recombinomics.com/News/12171 ... con_4.html

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PostPosted: Thu Dec 18, 2014 2:43 pm 
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Avian flu outbreak that started in Chilliwack crosses U.S. border
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Most of the western half of Chilliwack is in the CFIA's avian influenza restricted zone.— Image Credit: Paul J. Henderson
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by Paul J. Henderson - Chilliwack Times
posted Dec 18, 2014 at 9:00 AM
The Fraser Valley’s outbreak of avian influenza has now crossed the U.S. border and at least one American expert isn’t impressed with the Canadian Food Inspection Agency’s (CFIA) response.

Biomedical researcher Henry Niman is concerned the highly pathogenic strain will spread throughout North America as wild birds begin winter migration.

No poultry farms in the U.S. were impacted by Wednesday, but the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) reported Tuesday that the H5N2 strain found in Chilliwack, Abbotsford and now Langley has been detected in northern pintail ducks in Lynden, Wash., fewer than 15 kilometres from the Fraser Valley cluster.

“The finding in Whatcom County was quickly reported and identified due to increased surveillance for avian influenza in light of the [highly pathogenic] H5N2 avian influenza affecting commercial poultry in British Columbia, Canada,” said a USDA statement issued Dec. 16.

In addition, a highly pathogenic H5N8 strain was found in Washington in three captive falcons that were fed hunter-killed wild birds.

Niman, who is president of Pittsburgh-based Recombinomics, analyzes viral evolution and the spread of disease.

“The wild birds really can’t be controlled, which is why this is a very big deal that could have a serious impact on poultry markets throughout the Americas,” Niman told the Times.

“Poultry farmers throughout North America should be worried.”

Niman says the CFIA is trying to “manage the message” and downplay concerns, releasing information too slowly, something that could have far-reaching consequences.

As of Wednesday morning, the CFIA had reported 10 farms in the Fraser Valley affected by the current outbreak. Approximately 233,800 chickens and turkeys have either died from the illness or been euthanized.

The first farm where avian flu was detected was a broiler breeder with 13,000 birds in Chilliwack, although no other farms in the city have been directly impacted by the outbreak. Eight of the other farms affected are in Abbotsford—three turkey and five broiler breeders.

The latest and the largest is a 53,000 table egg layer farm in Langley.

The CFIA did say Wednesday that the H5N8 was the first time a "Eurasian lineage highly pathogenic H5 virus has caused an outbreak of avian influenza in poultry in North America."

"The appearance of this particular reassortant virus is significant due to its ability to cause high mortality in domestic poultry," a Dec. 17 CFIA statement said.

No H5N2 illness has been reported in humans, but the CFIA said that as a precautionary measure, public health officials are monitoring workers who are exposed to affected poultry.

While the illness is not dangerous to people, and the outbreak is likely to have little or no impact on consumers, the industry is feeling the effects as a three-level disease control zone has been set up in the province. The largest primary control zone covers the entire southern half of the province from Highway 16 south. Then there is a restricted zone from that encompassing an area between three and 10 kilometres away from infected farms. Chilliwack residents may have seen signs identifying this zone on the eastern side of Vedder Road closer to the Vedder River. The highest restrictions are in the “infected” zone, the area within three kilometres from any known infected premises, which in Chilliwack means most of Greendale and Yarrow.

The CFIA did not respond to a request to comment on Niman’s suggestion they have under-reacted to the current outbreak.

“All of this will come out eventually and pretending it isn’t as big as it is doesn’t solve the problem,” Niman said. “Most of the spread will likely be through independent introductions by wild birds, which is very hard to control.”

http://www.bclocalnews.com/news/286246111.html

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PostPosted: Fri Dec 19, 2014 7:56 am 
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Again bird flu infection Canada

Langley - In Canada, another company affected by the H5N2 virus. It is a broiler grower in Langley, British Columbia. The 11,800 animals will be culled on the farm.
Again bird flu infection Canada
It is the eleventh Canadian poultry when the virus is found. All companies where H5N2 has been found lying in the Fraser Valley, an area close poultry in southwestern Canada, near the border with the United States. Here the H5N2 virus was found last week in a wild gyrfalcon, after the US tightened controls because of the recent bird flu outbreaks in the neighboring country. It was also found in the same study the H5N8 virus in a wild duck, the same type as the bird flu virus that Europe retains its spell.

Studies in wild birds in Canada are found so far no traces of bird flu yet. However, American experts are worried that North American companies will also become infected, as wild birds will pull in the winter, reports the Langley Times.

According to the Canadian Food Inspection Authority contains the H5N2 virus that British Columbia plaguing gene segments which correspond to those of the Eurasian H5N8 virus, including the H5 gene, and it contains in addition, segments which are typical North American viruses, including the N2 gene.



See the map of Farm for all outbreaks of highly pathogenic avian influenza in 2014 worldwide.
by KIRSTEN GRAUMANS Dec 19, 2014

http://www.boerderij.nl/Pluimveehouderi ... -1669612W/

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PostPosted: Fri Dec 19, 2014 7:13 pm 
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Link to power point presentation:
http://www.scribd.com/doc/250529857/Avi ... Washington
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Avian Influenza Update for Washington
Published by KING 5 News
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