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PostPosted: Mon May 18, 2015 6:43 pm 

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Fujian H5N2 IA Sac 4 5 turkeys Sioux 13 14 Backyard


PostPosted: Mon May 18, 2015 6:45 pm 

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CDC considers the risk to people to be low

DES MOINES – The Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship is responding to four probable cases of highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) in Sac and Sioux counties. With the new announcements, Iowa now has 56 cases of the disease in the state. The Department has quarantined the premises and once the presence of the disease is confirmed, all birds on the property will be humanely euthanized to prevent the spread of the disease.

Sac 4 – Turkey farm that has experienced increased mortality. An estimate on the number of birds at the site is still pending. Initial testing showed it positive for H5 avian influenza. Additional confirmatory testing is pending from the APHIS National Veterinary Services Laboratories (NVSL) in Ames.

Sac 5 – Turkey farm that has experienced increased mortality. An estimate on the number of birds at the site is still pending. Initial testing showed it positive for H5 avian influenza. Additional confirmatory testing is pending from the APHIS National Veterinary Services Laboratories (NVSL) in Ames.

Sioux 13 – A backyard duck flock with an estimated 50 birds that was found during monitoring activities by the Department around a previous case. Initial testing showed it positive for H5 avian influenza. Additional confirmatory testing is pending from the APHIS National Veterinary Services Laboratories (NVSL) in Ames.

Sioux 14 – A backyard chicken flock with an estimated 12 birds that reported showing clinical signs. Initial testing showed it positive for H5 avian influenza. Additional confirmatory testing is pending from the APHIS National Veterinary Services Laboratories (NVSL) in Ames.

As the Department receives final confirmations of the disease updated information will be posted to the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship’s website at www.iowaagriculture.gov/avianinfluenza.asp.

The Center for Disease Control (CDC) and Iowa Department of Public Health considers the risk to people from these HPAI H5 infections in wild birds, backyard flocks and commercial poultry, to be low. No human infections with the virus have ever been detected and there is no food safety risk for consumers.


USDA APHIS has 89 staff helping respond to the avian influenza situation in Iowa. To date, depopulation has been completed on all previously announced turkey sites. Efforts to finish composting of turkeys are still ongoing. Also, 14.5 million commercial layers and 672,000 commercial pullets have been euthanized as of May 17.


Commercial flocks within a 10km zone surrounding affected sites are quarantined and tested at a minimum of every 5-7 days. In addition, automated calls and postcards are sent to residents in counties with affected sites encouraging residents with poultry to contact the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship at BirdFlu@IowaAgriculture.gov or 515-725-1122. The Department has received more than 250 calls and 45 emails from Iowans in response to the calls and postcards. The Department evaluates commercial and backyard poultry located within a 10km zone around affected sites.


Concerned residents both within and outside the areas affected by avian influenza are encouraged to use the Iowa Concern Hotline at 1-800-447-1985 if they have questions or need disaster counseling. The Iowa Concern Hotline is available 24 hours a day. All calls are free and confidential, and the operators are willing to assist wherever possible.

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach operates the hotline and is partnering with the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship, the Iowa Department of Health, Iowa Department of Natural Resources, Iowa Homeland Security and Emergency Management Department and Egg Industry Council to provide up-to-date information to Iowans about the disease.


Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship (IDALS)

· Quarantining all infected sites

· Subject to facilities implementing nationally approved biosecurity measures, the Dept. permits the movement of materials such as feed and other supplies on and off of infected sites

· Leading efforts to monitor poultry within a 10-kilometer circle of each infected site

· Coordinating state communication efforts on the disease

· Working with federal and state officials to ensure the humane depopulation and disposal of all birds from infected sites

Iowa Homeland Security and Emergency Management Department (HSEMD)

· Coordinating partial activation of the State Emergency Operations Center (SEOC) with several state agencies, including the Iowa Departments of Agriculture and Land Stewardship, Public Health, Natural Resources, Transportation, Public Safety, and the Iowa National Guard. USDA, Iowa Turkey Federation, and Iowa Poultry Association are also present at the SEOC.

· Providing resource support coordination as requested.

· Regularly providing information for situational awareness with county emergency management coordinators.

· Providing support for IDALS communications activities.

Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) – in conjunction with local public health officials

· Sharing CDC recommendations on the use of personal protective equipment by persons working directly with sick chickens and carcasses.

· Following up with workers who had direct contact with sick birds without the use of personal protective equipment.

· Providing sound risk information, making sure the public understands that the virus presents no food safety concern or risk to the general public.

Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR)

· DNR Air Quality has issued two variances for portable incinerators. The DNR has also issued a variance for a thermal treatment unit.

· The DNR’s primary concern is that disposal methods protect surface water, groundwater and air quality and does not result in further spreading of the AI virus

· Investigating the feasibility and the potential benefits and problems associated with various disposal options including landfilling, composting, incinerating, and burying.

· Looking at potential criteria for emergency air permits if needed for the incineration process.

· Working with contacts at several landfills to determine the ability of those operations to take dead poultry as well as being able to wash and disinfect transport vehicles on site.

· Investigating and maintaining contact with wastewater treatment facilities on the ability to accept and adequately treat leachate produced by any landfill for the AI virus that may take dead poultry.

· Developed solid waste acceptance criteria for landfills willing to accept AI infected poultry.

· Contacted numerous potential sources of wood chips that can be used for composting. The wood chips would be used as part of the composting process. The DNR has issued several variances to facilities to expand wood chipping capacity.

· Preparing maps of infected facilities that show quarantine boundaries and to determine the proximity of other poultry operations and neighbors.

· Investigating the geology involved with operations to determine the optimum potential locations for burial if needed.

· Working with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to conduct sampling of waterfowl for AI.

Iowa Department of Human Services (DHS)

· Communicated to the Disaster Behavioral Health Response Team (DBHRT) that volunteers were needed to assist with damage assessment surveying in the northwest region. Three DBHRT members did volunteer to assist.

· The Division of Mental Health and Disability Services (MHDS) is responding to requests from Buena Vista and Kossuth counties for mental health support; a plan is being structured in collaboration with businesses in Buena Vista and Kossuth counties.

· MHDS is in communication with Iowa Concern staff who are taking calls from people with concerns relating to the Avian flu. If calls are received from people who need additional support, contact will be made to MHDS and a plan will be put in place utilizing either local resources or DBHRT support.

Iowa Department of Transportation (IDOT)

· Water hauling to assist with USDA operations continues.

· Motor Carrier Services has provided a contact number for carriers that are transporting poultry carcasses up to 90,000 lbs to contact them for routing directions; directions are good for 24 hours.

· Districts have applied dust control to gravel shoulders along Highways 3, 17, and 69 in Wright County.

· Established permitting requirements for carriers transporting carcasses up to 90,000 lbs.

· Working to craft messaging to be placed on the 511 and the 511 truckers page as to what to do if drivers will be hauling poultry products in Iowa.

· Contacted Turkey and Poultry Associations to notify counterparts in neighboring states to be aware of Iowa’s travel restrictions of poultry products.

Iowa National Guard

· Supporting mission for IDALS incident command post.

Background Information

The United States has the strongest Avian Influenza (AI) surveillance program in the world. As part of the existing USDA avian influenza response plans, Federal and State partners as well as industry are responding quickly and decisively to these outbreaks by following these five basic steps: 1) Quarantine – restricting movement of poultry and poultry-moving equipment into and out of the control area; 2) Eradicate – humanely euthanizing the affected flock(s); 3) Monitor region – testing wild and domestic birds in a broad area around the quarantine area; 4) Disinfect – kills the virus in the affected flock locations; and 5) Test – confirm that poultry farms in the area are free of the virus.

The Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship in partnership with the Iowa Department of Public Health are working directly with poultry workers at the affected facility to ensure proper precautions are being taken.

These virus strains can travel in wild birds without those birds appearing sick. People should avoid contact with sick/dead poultry or wildlife. If contact occurs, wash your hands with soap and water and change clothing before having any contact with healthy domestic poultry and birds.

All bird owners, whether commercial producers or backyard flock owners, should continue to practice good biosecurity, prevent contact between their birds and wild birds, and report sick birds or unusual bird deaths to state/federal officials, either through their state veterinarian at 515-281-5321 or through USDA’s toll-free number at 1-866-536-7593.

Information will also be posted to the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship’s website at www.iowaagriculture.gov/avianinfluenza.asp.


PostPosted: Mon May 18, 2015 10:27 pm 

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PostPosted: Tue May 19, 2015 8:15 am 

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Iowa reports 4 more avian flu outbreaks
Filed Under: Avian Influenza (Bird Flu)
Robert Roos | News Editor | CIDRAP News | May 18, 2015

Iowa reported four more avian flu outbreaks today, two on turkey farms and two in backyard poultry flocks, but no new outbreaks were reported in hard-hit Minnesota or other neighboring states.

Meanwhile, a new study from the University of Minnesota estimated that the H5N2 avian flu virus has already done about $310 million worth of damage to the state's economy, while an Iowa company said it is nearly ready to start testing an H5N2 vaccine for poultry.

Two Iowa counties affected
The Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship (IDALS) said the four new outbreaks involve an H5 virus, with confirmation of H5N2 awaited. Confirmatory testing is done by the US Department of Agriculture's (USDA's) National Veterinary Services Laboratory in Ames, Iowa.

The two affected turkey farms are in northwestern Iowa's Sac County, which now has five avian flu outbreaks, the IDALS said. Flock size estimates for the two farms were not yet available. Most of the farms hit by H5N2 in Iowa have been layer chicken operation, but a few turkey farms have been affected as well.

The two backyard flocks affected are in Sioux County, raising its avian outbreak count to 14, the agency said. The virus was detected in a flock of 50 ducks as a result of monitoring prompted by another outbreak. The other backyard flock consisted of about 12 chickens, which were tested after they showed signs of illness, the agency said.

The four events raised Iowa's total outbreak count to 56, the IDALS said.

Big economic toll in Minnesota
The economic impact study from University of Minnesota Extension estimated the losses in poultry production and related businesses at $309.9 million, on the basis of outbreaks reported by May 11, according to a university press release. The losses are for all Minnesota areas outside the Twin Cities.

"Using economic modeling, analysts determined that for every million dollars in direct losses, the estimated ripple effect leads to $1.8 million in overall economic losses, including $450,000 in wages," the release states. "Ripple effect losses stem from factors including reduced wage-earner and business-to-business spending."

The study put losses in poultry production, including turkeys and egg-laying chickens, at $113 million as of May 11. A few more Minnesota outbreaks have been reported since then.

Poultry production and processing is a $3 billion industry in Minnesota, with poultry growers representing about 7% of the agricultural and forestry economy, the statement said.

Related business sectors that will suffer most from the H5N2 outbreaks are poultry feed production and trucking, according to the study. For every $1 million of lost poultry production, demand for poultry drops by an estimated $230,000, and 9 of every 100 jobs lost because of reduced poultry processing are trucking jobs.

The researchers said insurance and government compensation will make up some of the losses to poultry producers, but the damage to other industries will not be offset.

In a related development, the estimated poultry losses in Minnesota took a big jump with the news that an H5N2-affected layer farm in Renville County has 2 million chickens. The flock size was not known when the outbreak was reported on May 14. The number increased the estimated total losses for the state to 7.76 million birds, according to the Minnesota Board of Animal Health (MBAH).

A May 16 Minneapolis Star Tribune story said one barn housing 200,000 chickens was hit by the virus, but all the farm's chickens will be destroyed as a precaution, as is standard practice.

H5N2 vaccine to be tested
Meanwhile, an Iowa biotechnology firm may start testing an H5N2 poultry vaccine as soon as this week, the Des Moines Register reported on May 16.

Harrisvaccines, based in Ames, plans to test the vaccine first on turkeys at the USDA's National Veterinary Services Laboratory in Ames, the story said. Further plans call for testing the vaccine on chickens and ducks at the USDA's Southeast Poultry Research Laboratory in Georgia.

Joel Harris, the company's head of sales and marketing, said the trials could take 4 to 8 weeks. "We have it ready, we started mass production this week, so as soon as we get the green light we could have hundreds of thousands or millions of doses available to producers right away," he told the newspaper.

The use of poultry vaccines for avian flu raises difficult questions, however, because while vaccinated birds may be protected from illness, often they can still be infected and, while not sick, spread the virus to other birds.

See also:

May 18 IDALS press release

May 18 University of Minnesota press release

May 16 Star Tribune story

MBAH updates

May 16 Des Moines Register story

http://www.cidrap.umn.edu/news-perspect ... -outbreaks


PostPosted: Tue May 19, 2015 8:26 am 

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More Probable Bird Flu Cases Identified
POSTED 4:59 AM, MAY 19, 2015, BY STAFF WRITER, UPDATED AT 05:01AM, MAY 19, 2015


DES MOINES, Iowa — Iowa agriculture leaders say there are new probable cases of bird flu.

The cases are in Sac and Sioux counties. That brings the statewide total to 56 cases in 14 counties.

Farms are in the process of euthanizing 25 million chickens, turkeys, and ducks and producers are trying to figure out how to dispose of the carcasses.

The executive director of the Iowa Egg Council, Randy Olson, says there are several options including burying them in landfills, but some landfills are refusing to accept the dead birds.

“It’s a bird disease. We feel landfills are the appropriate disposal option if the USDA approves of those and works the agreements with the landfills,” says Olson.

Once the birds are disposed of, facilities will still need to be cleaned and disinfected.

http://whotv.com/2015/05/19/more-probab ... dentified/


PostPosted: Tue May 19, 2015 8:29 am 

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Contact Information

USDA toll-free number: 1-866-536-7593
IDALS State Veterinarian: 515-281-5321
Iowa Department of Public Health, State Public Health Veterinarian, Deputy State Epidemiologist: 515- 281-4933
Governor Declares State of Emergency 5/1/2015

Cases in Iowa

SIOUX COUNTY 5/13/2015
SAC COUNTY 4/23/2015

HPAI Case Status in Iowa as of: 5/14/2015 -3:30pm Total Poultry Affected: 25,680,221
Layer* 23,089,996
Infected Sites: 52 Pullet* 1,603,896
Confirmed: 44 Turkey* 966,766
Counties Impacted: 14 Hatchery* 18,791
Backyard Chickens* 747
*approximate Backyard Ducks* 25

County Poultry Species Number of Poultry Status
Buena Vista 1 Commercial Turkey 26,000 Confirmed
Sac 1 Commercial Turkey 33,919 Confirmed
Osceola 1 Commercial Layer 4,187,063 Confirmed
Sioux 1 Commercial Layer 1,603,864 Confirmed
Buena Vista 2 Commercial Turkey 40,800 Confirmed
O'Brien 1 Commercial Layer 240,237 Confirmed
O'Brien 2 Commercial Layer 98,039 Confirmed
Osceola 2 Commercial Pullet 257,848 Confirmed
Sioux 2 Commercial Layer 3,659,144 Confirmed
Buena Vista 3 Commercial Turkey 40,761 Confirmed
Buena Vista 4 Commercial Layer 59,295 Confirmed
Kossuth 1 Hatchery 18,791 Confirmed
Clay 1 Commercial Layer 93,000 Confirmed
Pocahontas 1 Commercial Turkey 16,726 Confirmed
Buena Vista 5 Commercial Layer 5,687,368 Confirmed
Buena Vista 6 Commercial Turkey 29,646 Confirmed
Sioux 3 Commercial Layer 165,174 Confirmed
Cherokee 1 Commercial Turkey 44,665 Confirmed
Sac 2 Commercial Turkey 42,632 Confirmed
Pocahontas 2 Commercial Turkey 32,876 Confirmed
Madison 1 Commercial Layer 1,495,561 Confirmed
Buena Vista 7 Commercial Turkey 100,000 Probable
Cherokee 2 Commercial Turkey 100,000 Confirmed
Wright 1 Commercial Layer 2,821,787 Confirmed
Buena Vista 8 Commercial Turkey 33,500 Confirmed
Buena Vista 9 Commercial Turkey 65,000 Confirmed
Buena Vista 11 Commercial Turkey 47,845 Confirmed
Cherokee 3 Commercial Turkey 45,000 Confirmed
Sioux 4 Commercial Layer 60,000 Confirmed
Sioux 5 Commercial Pullet ?? Confirmed
Sioux 6 Commercial Layer 1,000,000 Confirmed
Sioux 7 Commercial Pullet 80,998 Confirmed
O'Brien 3 Backyard Ducks 25 Confirmed
Sioux 8 Commercial Pullet 100,000 Probable
Sioux 9 Commercial Pullet 100,000 Confirmed
Sioux 10 Commercial Layer 574,934 Confirmed
Cherokee 4 Commercial Turkey 48,000 Confirmed
Osceola 3 Commercial Pullet 256,002 Confirmed
Wright 2 Commercial Layer 1,106,530 Confirmed
Wright 3 Commercial Pullet 809,048 Confirmed
Buena Vista 12 Commercial Turkey 35,383 Confirmed
Buena Vista 13 Commercial Turkey 42,000 Confirmed
Cherokee 5 Commercial Turkey 42,013 Confirmed
Sac 3 Commercial Turkey 100,000 Confirmed
Palo Alto 1 Commercial Turkey ?? Confirmed
Osceola 4 Backyard Chicken 747 Confirmed
Buena Vista 14 Commercial Pullet ?? Probable
Buena Vista 15 Commercial Turkey ?? Probable
Lyon 1 Commercial Layer ?? Probable
Sioux 11 Commercial Layer 238,000 Probable
Sioux 12 Commercial Pullet ?? Probable
Plymouth 1 Commercial Pullet ?? Probable



PostPosted: Tue May 19, 2015 8:31 am 

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2 turkey farms, 2 backyard flocks probable bird flu cases
By Tyler Mickelson
Published: May 19, 2015, 4:16 am
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – Two more Iowa turkey farms in Sac County have tested positive for the bird flu and state agriculture officials say they’ve found the virus among a backyard duck flock and a backyard chicken flock, both in Sioux County.

The new discoveries announced Monday by the Iowa Department of Agriculture bring to 56 the number of cases reported in the state in 14 counties.

The number of turkeys on each farm was not immediately released.

About 50 ducks and 12 backyard chickens were reported on the Sioux County farms.

Iowa has about nearly 26 million chickens and 960,000 turkeys dead or dying. Most chickens are egg layers while some are pullets, young chickens that were to become egg layers.

http://kimt.com/2015/05/19/2-turkey-far ... flu-cases/


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