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PostPosted: Fri May 15, 2015 4:09 pm 
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 15, 2015
Daily Update on Avian Influenza May 15
ST PAUL — The Minnesota Department of Public Safety Homeland Security and Emergency Management Division (HSEM) activated the State Emergency Operations Center (SEOC) to coordinate the state’s ongoing response to avian influenza. HSEM will coordinate resource needs with several state agencies including the Minnesota Board of Animal Health and the Minnesota Department of Agriculture.

Exhibitions of birds cancelled for 2015 season
The Minnesota Board of Animal Health today announced its directive to cancel all bird exhibitions at county fairs, the State Fair, and other gatherings of birds. The Board’s directive is effective through the end of 2015 and also prohibits birds from being included in swap meets, exotic sales, and petting zoos.

For information on exhibition requirements in Minnesota, please visit the Board’s website.

Additional HPAI cases in Minnesota
The Minnesota Board of Animal Health today announced one presumptive positive flocks. The following Minnesota county is affected:
Kandiyohi – 33rd detection (commercial turkeys, flock size pending)
Current situation
Total number of affected farms – 88
Total number of counties – 21

Farms by county/Number of flocks
​Chippewa: 1 ​Meeker: 9 Renville: 2
Clay: 1 ​Nicollet: 1 Roseau: 1
Cottonwood: 2​ Nobles: 1 ​​Stearns: 14
Kandiyohi: 33 ​Otter Tail: 3 Steele: 1
​Lac Qui Parle: 1​ ​Pipestone: 2 ​Swift: 7
​Le Sueur: 1 ​Pope: 1 Wadena: 1
​Lyon: 1 ​Redwood: 4 Watonwan: 1 ​​​

Total number of birds affected in Minnesota – 5,765,332 (Not including pending flocks)

All affected farms remain under quarantine.

Visit the USDA's website for information on all HPAI findings in the United States.

To date, animal health officials have completed the following response zone activities:
Appraisals have been approved for 85 of the affected premises.
Birds on 84 of the affected farms have been euthanized.
Composting is in progress on 82 of the affected farms. Animal health officials and producers are working on carcass disposal on other farms.
o Many of these farms are about half way through the composting process.
For information on exhibition requirements in Minnesota, please visit the Board’s website.

No public health risk
The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) reports that no human infections with this strain of the virus (H5N2) have been detected in Minnesota or elsewhere in the U.S. However, in some cases certain HPAI H5 viruses can infect people and it is important to prevent infections.

In general, avian influenza viruses are spread to people through direct contact with infected birds or their environments, including contaminated bedding, feed or water. Person-to-person spread of avian influenza viruses is rare and limited.

This is not a public health risk or a food safety risk. The potential risk is for those who have direct contact with infected birds.

Poultry workers
MDH is monitoring the health of workers, who have had contact with infected poultry, and providing guidance on infection control, the use of personal protective equipment, and providing support for any other health-related aspects of response.

People who had close, unprotected contact with infected flocks are recommended to receive an antiviral drug called Tamiflu. MDH does not issue the drug directly. Rather, MDH facilitates getting the prescription for the workers by working with the company occupational health departments or the health care providers for those individuals.
Workers are then contacted daily for 10 days and monitored for development of respiratory symptoms.
As of today, MDH has completed follow-up contacts for 81 flocks.
MDH is currently monitoring 34 poultry personnel for potential symptoms of infection, such as development of an eye infection or respiratory symptoms.
The MDH 10-day monitoring period has been completed for 267 people associated with 75 flocks; no infections with this virus were detected.
Please visit www.mnairesponse.info to learn more about Minnesota’s response to avian influenza.


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PostPosted: Fri May 15, 2015 7:29 pm 
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Minnesota reports more H5N2 as fairs plan poultry bans
Filed Under: Avian Influenza (Bird Flu)
Robert Roos | News Editor | CIDRAP News | May 15, 2015

Minnesota reported today that yet another turkey farm has fallen prey to the H5N2 avian flu virus, as the widespread outbreaks start taking a toll on plans for state and county fairs this summer in the Midwest.

Minnesota officials said the state's top turkey-raising county and the one hit hardest by the virus, Kandiyohi, has its 33rd H5N2 outbreak. The size of the flock was not yet determined, the Minnesota Department of Public Safety (DPS) said in a news release.

The event raises the number of affected farms in Minnesota to 88 in 21 counties, the agency said. The tally of birds lost to the virus or to resulting culling of flocks is estimated at 5.76 million, but that doesn't include some farms for which bird counts are not yet available.

In related developments, the Minnesota Board of Animal Health (MBAH) announced today that it is canceling all bird exhibitions at the Minnesota State Fair, county fairs, and other settings for the rest of this year in an effort to choke off the spread of H5N2. The board said the ban also covers swap meets, exotic sales, and petting zoos.

"Taking this step makes sense," said Beth Thompson, DVM, MBAH assistant director, in the board's statement. "We need to do everything possible to get rid of this virus, and preventing the commingling of birds from different farms is one way to do that."

Also today, the Ohio Department of Agriculture said poultry from any states where H5 avian flu is circulating will be banned from the Ohio State Fair, the Associated Press (AP) reported. The department said too that the fair's poultry show may be canceled outright if the avian flu situation worsens, noted the story.

In addition, Ohio officials are encouraging all county and independent fairs to ban poultry from states that have avian flu outbreaks, the AP reported.

See also:

May 15 Minnesota DPS update

Minnesota State Fair and MBAH notice

May 15 AP report on Ohio fair ban

http://www.cidrap.umn.edu/news-perspect ... ultry-bans

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