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May 14, 2015 Contact: Christin Kamm
www.nda.nebraska.gov (402) 471-6856
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DEPARTMENT CONFIRMS SECOND CASE OF HIGHLY PATHOGENIC AVIAN INFLUENZA
Risk to people from HPAI H5 infections considered to be low
LINCOLN - The Nebraska Department of Agriculture (NDA) in conjunction with the United States
Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) has confirmed
the presence of a second case of highly pathogenic H5N2 avian influenza (HPAI) in a commercial layer
flock in Dixon County. The second farm (referred to as Dixon 2) is in close proximity to the initial farm
(referred to as Dixon 1) identified Tuesday. Both farms are owned and operated by the same producer.
Dixon 2 is a flock of 1.8 million chickens.
“Having a second farm in Nebraska confirmed to have HPAI is unfortunate but not completely unexpected.
This follows the pattern we’ve seen in other states when it comes to the spread of the virus,” said NDA
Director Ibach. “NDA will continue to use all the resources at our disposal, in coordination with our federal
and state agency counterparts, to manage a quick and effective response.”
According to Ibach, both farms are under quarantine, and the birds on both properties will be
depopulated. NDA is working with Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality to ensure proper
disposal of dead birds. A perimeter has been established around Dixon 2, and as is the USDA protocol,
NDA will be visiting all locations within a 6.2 mile radius of the farm that have poultry to conduct testing.
Due to the proximity of Dixon 2 to Dixon 1, the 6.2 mile radius overlaps significantly.
Gov. Pete Ricketts has issued a state emergency declaration to provide NDA and other state agencies with
appropriate resources to address the HPAI situation.
“We continue to receive excellent support and assistance from federal, state and local officials. This
cooperation is essential to our response efforts,” Ibach said.
The Centers for Disease Control considers the risk to people from HPAI H5 infections to be low. Proper
handling and cooking of poultry and eggs to an internal temperature of 165 degrees kills the virus. Eggs
from both facilities are processed and go through pasteurization, eliminating product consumption risk.
Both farms are egg laying facilities and therefore the chickens are not consumed.

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PostPosted: Thu May 14, 2015 8:05 pm 
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High-path avian flu hits four Midwestern states
Filed Under: Avian Influenza (Bird Flu)
Robert Roos | News Editor | CIDRAP News | May 14, 2015

Half of the affected farms house egg-laying hens.
Highly pathogenic avian flu has scored six more hits in the Midwest, including Nebraska's second big layer chicken farm, South Dakota's first affected layer farm, and two farms each in Minnesota and Iowa, state officials announced today.

The Minnesota sites are egg-production and turkey farms, while the Iowa outbreaks involve two pullet farms.

Nebraska sites close together
The Nebraska outbreak involves a farm that has 1.8 million layer hens and is close to the big layer farm stung by the state's first H5N2 outbreak, announced 2 days ago, the Nebraska Department of Agriculture (NDA) said today. The two sites, both owned by the same producer, are in Dixon County in the northeastern part of the state, close to Iowa and South Dakota.

"Having a second farm in Nebraska confirmed to have [highly pathogenic avian influenza] is unfortunate but not completely unexpected. This follows the pattern we've seen in other states when it comes to the spread of the virus," said NDA Director Greg Ibach in the agency's announcement.

Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts has declared an emergency to provide the NDA and other state agencies with appropriate resources to respond to the avian flu situation, the NDA said.

The other infected Dixon County farm housed 1.7 million layer chickens. Before the outbreaks, the state's total population of layer hens was about 9.45 million, according to earlier reports.

Largest South Dakota outbreak
In eastern South Dakota's Moody County, Dakota Layers, an egg farm with 1.3 million chickens, has been struck by an H5 virus, the Associated Press (AP) reported today. It is the state's first layer farm infected with what will probably be confirmed as H5N2, the story said.

Assuming the outbreak is confirmed, it will be South Dakota's ninth H5N2 incursion. It is the largest so far and comes after the report of two turkey-farm outbreaks in the Yankton area yesterday.

An unusual number of deaths in one of the farm's nine barns prompted testing for avian flu, according to the AP. South Dakota State Veterinarian Dustin Oedekoven said crews would begin euthanizing the chickens after they determine how best to handle the outbreak.

Dakota Layers' Chief Executive Officer Scott Ramsdell said in a statement today that Dakota Layers had taken "extensive biosecurity measures" over the past 2 months to prevent an outbreak, the AP reported. "Unfortunately, as many poultry farms are discovering, even our extraordinary measures proved ineffective in preventing the spread of avian influenza into one of our barns," he said.

Dakota Layers produces more than 90,000 eggs daily, shipping about 70% of them to California, the story said.

Moody County borders Minnesota's Pipestone County, which has had one H5N2 outbreak in backyard poultry and one on a turkey farm.

South Dakota's current count of birds lost to avian flu is about 1.65 million, according to the state Animal Industry Board (AIB).

Minnesota H5N2 count reaches 87
In Minnesota, the tally of H5N2 events reached 87 today with outbreaks on a layer farm in Renville County and a turkey farm in Meeker County, according to the state Department of Public Safety (DPS). Both counties adjoin Kandiyohi County, which has had 32 outbreaks—by far the most in the state.

Flock size information for the two farms was not yet available. Minnesota has had only three previous outbreaks on layer farms, as turkey farms have accounted for all but a few of the incursions, according to the Minnesota Board of Animal Health.

Renville County has now had two H5N2 outbreaks, while Meeker has had nine, the DPS said.

Officials put Minnesota's cumulative poultry loss at 5.76 million birds, not counting farms where flock sizes are still being estimated.

Before today, Minnesota had gone 2 days without detecting any new H5N2 attacks, raising hopes that the crisis was beginning to fade. Officials expect that warmer temperatures and more hours of sunlight will eventually end the outbreaks.

Iowa tally climbs to 52 farms
Meanwhile, two pullet farms in neighboring northwestern Iowa counties—Sioux and Plymouth—have been invaded by an H5 avian flu virus, the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship (IDALS) reported today. The Plymouth event is the county's first, but Sioux has now had 12 outbreaks.

Estimated bird counts for the two farms were pending, as is confirmatory testing by the US Department of Agriculture, the IDALS said.

The two events raise Iowa's count of affected farms to 52, the statement said. Most of the incursions have involved layer chicken farms, and the state has lost more than 25 million layers to the virus, according to recent reports.

See also:

May 14 NDA announcement

May 14 AP report on South Dakota outbreak

May 14 South Dakota AIB update

May 14 Minnesota DPS announcement

May 14 IDALS announcement

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USDA confirms bird flu in northeast Nebraska; flock of 1.7 million chickens to be killed
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In this Nov. 16, 2009 photo, chickens stand in their cages at a farm near Stuart, Iowa.
POSTED: TUESDAY, MAY 12, 2015 3:56 PM
By Cole Epley and David Hendee / World-Herald staff writers

Bird flu has reached Nebraska, and a commercial flock of 1.7 million chickens in Dixon County will be destroyed.
The Nebraska Agriculture Department announced the outbreak Tuesday

“Unfortunately, Nebraska has joined a long list of states currently dealing with highly pathogenic avian influenza,” Agriculture Director Greg Ibach said.
The disease — which usually does not infect humans — hit Iowa in mid-April. Nearly 25 million birds there, more than 40 percent of the state’s egg-laying flock, have died from the disease or have been killed to prevent its spread.
Ibach declined to name the company where the outbreak was discovered, but Dixon County is home to Michael Foods Egg Products Co., a large egg producer in Wakefield. Ibach said it is the agency’s policy to not release the names of affected producers. Wakefield is about midway between Norfolk and Sioux City.
Veterinarians and other personnel at an egg-producing site became concerned Monday when they noticed higher-than-normal deaths among the flock, Ibach said. The facility immediately took samples from dead birds and sent them to a laboratory at South Dakota State University in Brookings. A preliminary positive diagnosis was made Monday afternoon.
Nebraska’s poultry operations have been in a state of heightened awareness of the disease for months. Since the federal government first detected the virus in December, there have been 156 detections affecting more than 32.6 million birds in 15 states.
Waterfowl and other migrating birds spread the disease.
The U.S. Agriculture Department’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service lab at Iowa State University in Ames confirmed the bird flu virus in Nebraska about noon Tuesday.
The northeast Nebraska farm immediately imposed its own quarantine Monday, Ibach said. State officials arrived Tuesday morning to work with the operation and established a 6.2-mile quarantine around the farm to halt all movement of poultry within that radius. In addition, the state is setting up a 12.4-mile surveillance zone. State officials will interview farmers and test for signs of the disease in that secondary area, Ibach said.
State personnel were getting into place Tuesday and planned to start contacting producers over the next several days. They also will be working to alert people with backyard or hobby flocks of protocols to identify and contain the disease.
“We are moving expeditiously on this case in an effort to protect the collective Nebraska poultry industry,” Ibach said.
Birds in the diseased flock will be humanely euthanized. Disposal methods vary, but burial and decomposition in an on-site trench is the preferred method, Ibach said.
“Once the chickens are dead, the disease does not stay alive,’’ he said. “Decomposition and heat kill the virus. We want decomposition.’’
Iowa is working with area landfills to dispose of some poultry transported in plastic bio-bags. Nebraska prefers onsite burial, Ibach said. State officials started working with Nebraska poultry producers in 2007 to identify how to react to an avian influenza outbreak.
Ibach said the USDA provides funding for disposal and works with contractors and producers to clear out dead birds. The federal agency also pays producers for birds who die from the disease or are euthanized.
Ibach said the Centers for Disease Control has established that the virus is a low risk to humans. By the time eggs and egg products reach consumers they have been washed or pasteurized and are safe to consume. To protect against food-borne illness from raw products, whether eggs or any meat, keep them away from cooked foods and heat them to an internal temperatures of 165 degrees, he said.
The Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services is working with employees at the affected facility to ensure they’re taking appropriate health measures.
The detection of avian influenza subtype H5N2 is the first time the disease has been confirmed in Nebraska.
Iowa, the top egg-producing state in the country, has been hit particularly hard by the virulent strain of avian influenza that has affected at least 24 million turkeys and chickens. Iowa had more than 58.3 million hens.
Nebraska is the No. 10 egg-producing state with about 9.45 million hens.
In addition to Michael Foods, other large Nebraska producers and processors include Henningsen Foods in Omaha and Nebraska Eggs in Carroll.
Nebraska’s 17 turkey growers raise about 4 million birds each year.
State agricultural officials started alerting poultry producers about the threat as soon as the virus outbreak started rattling the industry in the upper Midwest late last year.
Ibach urged people with backyard flocks to maintain vigilance and notify state agriculture authorities if they suspect a sick bird or have an unexpected death. Quick notification is important for authorities to act quickly to control and contain the spread of the disease.
Contact the writer: 402-444-1534, cole.epley@owh.com

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Post says bird flu outbreak "force majeure"
By Katy Askew | 15 May 2015

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Bird flu continues to hit Post
A further eruption of avian influenza at a farm supplying Post Holdings with eggs has prompted the company to declare the outbreak sweeping the US a "force majeure", with bird flu now hitting 25% of its Michael Foods egg supply.

The effect of AI on the Michael Foods egg business "renders Michael Foods unable to fully perform under its existing supply agreements with customers", Post said yesterday (15 May).

The company continued: "Michael Foods is taking various measures including discontinuation of certain product lines and appropriate pricing actions to offset reduced egg supply and increased operating costs."

Post management said that the company is still calculating the financial impact of the bird flu outbreak, which had been estimated at around US$20m when 15% of the group's egg supply was affected.

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Post consolidates cereal-making business in Minnesota, says bird flu squeezing egg supply
May 15, 2015 Jim Suhr, The Associated Press 0
ST. LOUIS – Post Holdings Inc. said Friday it will merge two of its cereal businesses, headquarter them in Minnesota and close a New Jersey office as it separately grapples with a widening bird flu outbreak that has forced it to discontinue some products and tweak prices.

Brad Harper, a spokesman for St. Louis-based Post Holdings, said the bulk of the roughly 200 affected employees will be those in the Parsippany, New Jersey, office that the company plans to shutter within a year. The merged operations will be based in Lakeville, Minnesota, which is already home to Post’s newly acquired MOM Brands cereal.

Post, maker of cereal brands including Honey Bunches of Oats and Grape Nuts, expects to incur pre-tax expenses of $27 million to $30 million in employee severance, retention and relocation payments. The company said consolidating its Post and MOM Brands cereal business into the entity that will be called Post Consumer Brands will save about $50 million.

MOM Brands makes ready-to-eat cereals and oatmeal and hot wheat products, including Malt-O-Meal.

“We are acutely aware of the contributions made by employees negatively impacted by this decision, and we are committed to helping them through this transition,” Rob Vitale, Post Holdings’ President and CEO, said in a statement.

Friday’s announcement came a day after Post Holdings revealed that an outbreak of bird flu is squeezing its egg supply, forcing the company to discontinue some product lines and take “appropriate pricing actions.”

Post Holdings said the financial impact of the bird flu’s effect on the company’s egg supply still was being estimated. Harper said he assumes any disruption of product lines will be temporary and that “as the supply comes back, we would get back in the business.”

“Everything is really fluid right now,” he said.

Post said the avian influenza scourge has affected one quarter of its Michael Foods egg supply — up from 14 per cent last week — after a second company-owned chicken flock in Nebraska tested positive for the H5N2 virus.

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