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PostPosted: Fri Apr 10, 2015 9:31 pm 
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FIRST CASE OF DEADLY BIRD FLU CONFIRMED IN NORTH DAKOTA

ELLENDALE, N.D. (AP) -- State officials say the first case of a deadly bird flu has been confirmed in a commercial turkey flock in southeastern North Dakota.

State Veterinarian Susan Keller says the National Veterinary Services Laboratories in Iowa confirmed the H5N2 strain of avian influenza in the flock of 40,000 turkeys in Dickey County, which borders South Dakota.

The U.S. in recent months has seen a dramatic increase in cases of the highly pathogenic strain affecting poultry. More than a million turkeys in the Midwest have died as a result of the disease.

Keller says quarantine efforts are underway and expects they will begin killing the remaining birds on the property by early next week.

Officials stress the risk to public health is low and that there's no danger to the food supply.

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PostPosted: Sat Apr 11, 2015 8:08 am 
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1st case of deadly bird flu confirmed in North Dakota

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ELLENDALE, N.D. (AP) - State officials say the first case of a deadly bird flu has been confirmed in a commercial turkey flock in southeastern North Dakota.

State Veterinarian Susan Keller says the National Veterinary Services Laboratories in Iowa confirmed the H5N2 strain of avian influenza in the flock of 40,000 turkeys in Dickey County, which borders South Dakota.

The U.S. in recent months has seen a dramatic increase in cases of the highly pathogenic strain affecting poultry. More than a million turkeys in the Midwest have died as a result of the disease.

Keller says quarantine efforts are underway and expects they will begin killing the remaining birds on the property by early next week.

Officials stress the risk to public health is low and that there's no danger to the food supply.

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PostPosted: Sat Apr 11, 2015 8:11 am 
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More Bird Flu Cases Confirmed on Turkey Farms
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On Friday, the 10th of April, a bird flu strain has apparently affected four more turkey farms in Minnesota and another one in North Dakota. This raises the number of farms that have been hit by the contagious H5N1 virus to 20, with 1.1 million birds registered. The outbreak started in March and continues to spread.

The new cases in Minnesota appeared in Lyon, Cottonwood, Watonwan and Stearns counties. In North Dakota, a number of 40.000 turkeys were struck by the avian flu in Dickey County, making this the first case of bird influenza confirmed in the state. Authorities in both Minnesota and North Dakota stated that the birds which have not been affected by the virus will be euthanized.

When all the birds of these farms hit by bird flu have been destroyed, more than one million turkeys will perish. This will probably result into massive losses for farmers and for their families. Minnesota, a state which has been heavily struck by the H5N1 strain, has already lost 1.9 percent of its yearly production.

The causes for this hit have not yet been fully determined. According to the Minnesota Board of Animal Health, he farms have extremely well organized biosecurity practices and it is almost impossible for a virus to break through. However, there are experts who disagree that these measures are efficient enough. The most likely reason seems to be the infestation from wild waterfowl, i.e. migratory birds such as ducks, which might have spread the strain by means of their droppings. However, this was posed as debatable by wildlife health program supervisor Michelle Carstensen from the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. She stated that tests carried out on the birds’ droppings did not show any trace of virus. More tests results are expected next week.

A representative of the Minnesota Board of Animal Health has an optimistic attitude, saying that the virus will probably die out once the weather gets warmer. This flu strain, like all viruses, prefers a humid, cold environment and hot weather will most likely annihilate it.

The authorities said that there is no danger to public health yet. No one has been reported ill from the virus and people are not to be afraid. At the same time, one needn’t worry because the food supply has not been affected at all. Once the birds hit by the virus are euthanized, the danger of infection will disappear.

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PostPosted: Sat Apr 11, 2015 9:35 am 
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Fowl flu verified at North Dakota turkey farm, 4 more in Minnesota

A deadly bird flu strain was confirmed Friday at one North Dakota turkey farm and at four more in Minnesota, raising the number of farms affected across the Midwest to 20 and the toll to almost 1.1 million birds since the outbreak was first confirmed in early March.

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Nov. two, 2005: Turkeys are pictured at a turkey farm around Sauk Centre , Minn. (AP)

MINNEAPOLIS – A deadly chook flu strain was verified Friday at one North Dakota turkey farm and at four much more in Minnesota, elevating the amount of farms affected across the Midwest to 20 and the toll to nearly one.one million birds since the outbreak was to start with verified in early March.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture claimed the new situations in Minnesota of the hugely contagious H5N2 strain are in Cottonwood, Lyon, Watonwan and Stearns counties. The 4 new farms housed a combined 189,000 turkeys.

In North Dakota, State Veterinarian Susan Keller mentioned the National Veterinary Services Laboratories in Iowa confirmed the H5N2 pressure of avian influenza in a flock of 40,000 turkeys in Dickey County. It truly is that state's 1st confirmed scenario of the flu pressure.

Officers in the two states said those turkeys not killed by the virus will be euthanized to reduce the illness from spreading.

After individuals birds have been destroyed, the 20 farms in Minnesota, South Dakota, North Dakota, Missouri, Kansas and Arkansas will have missing practically 1.one million turkeys. Canadian officers verified Wednesday that a turkey farm in southern Ontario with 44,800 birds was strike, way too. The USDA has sent much more than forty authorities to Minnesota to support in the reaction.

Minnesota Agriculture Commissioner Dave Frederickson claimed his state has about 450 farms that elevate around 46 million turkeys each year. The losses so considerably operate out to about one.nine per cent of the state's annually output.

"For these organizations, and of course for the farmers and their families that have been impacted by the H5N2 virus, there are some actually difficult situations forward," he stated.

Officers anxiety the possibility to public wellness is low and that there is no risk to the food provide. No human situations have been detected in the U.S., stated Dr. Joni Scheftel, condition community health and fitness veterinarian with the Minnesota Office of Well being.

The major farm strike was a 310,000-chook farm in Meeker County owned by Jennie-O Turkey Retailer, the country's No. two turkey processor, exactly where the virus was confirmed Wednesday. Three of the new situations were also linked with Jennie-O, a division of Hormel Foods Corp. The company claimed the Watonwan County farm is enterprise-owned, when the Cottonwood and Lyon County operations were being agreement growers. Entirely, 7 Jennie-O owned and make contact with farms have shed 626,000 turkeys for the reason that of the outbreak. But the business states its losses are a compact proportion of its total production.

In North Dakota, Keller stated quarantine attempts were being underway Friday.

Scientists suspect migratory waterfowl this sort of as ducks are the reservoir of the virus. They can unfold it by means of their droppings. But Michelle Carstensen, wildlife health and fitness application supervisor with the Minnesota Section of All-natural Means, mentioned exams continue to have not identified any wild birds with the ailment or any H5N2 in their droppings in Minnesota so far. Examination final results are anticipated following 7 days on samples gathered in the vicinity of influenced farms in 3 counties, she claimed.

Officers are attempting to decide how the virus has managed to evade the demanding biosecurity that is typical observe at professional turkey farms. The virus can be carried into barns by staff or by rodents and wild birds that sneak within.

But Dr. Beth Thompson, assistant director of the Minnesota Board of Animal Well being, stated investigators haven't decided how the virus entered any of the contaminated barns. She reported the industry's biosecurity techniques are "major notch." And Fredrickson disputed the suggestion that all those steps usually are not doing the job.

Thompson explained they hope the risk recedes as the climate warms and the spring migration finishes. Flu viruses favor cold, soaked ailments, she explained, so they are hopeful that very hot, dry times will eliminate it off. She stated that would avoid it from staying tracked into barns, if that is what's going on.

Carstensen explained they continue to really don't know if this virus will be a long-expression issue. It was initial detected in North The usa in December on the West Coast, and researchers don't know considerably nevertheless about how it behaves, she claimed.


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