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PostPosted: Fri May 29, 2015 4:16 pm 
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 29, 2015
Avian Influenza Update - May 29
​ST PAUL — The State Emergency Operations Center remains activated and ready to assist for any needs relating to the state’s response to avian influenza. The Joint Information Center will continue to announce any additional cases or significant developments when they occur.

Quarantines lifted in Lac Qui Parle control area
The 14 backyard flock owners in the Lac Qui Parle County HPAI control area were recently notified that the quarantines placed on their birds have been lifted. The Lac Qui Parle control area had been in place since March 27 when the U.S. Department of Agriculture confirmed the first case of HPAI in that county (second case in Minnesota).

The affected turkey farm in Lac Qui Parle County remains under quarantine. The barns have been cleaned and disinfected and are in the 21-day down time period. Once the down time period is up and other requirements are met, the affected farm will be released from quarantine.

Additional HPAI cases in Minnesota
The Minnesota Board of Animal Health today announced four presumptive positive flocks. The following Minnesota counties are affected:
Blue Earth – 1st detection (commercial turkeys, information on flock size coming soon)
Renville – 6th detection (commercial turkeys, information on flock size coming soon)
Brown – 3rd detection (commercial turkeys, information on flock size coming soon)
Kandiyohi – 38th detection (7,000 commercial turkeys)
Current situation
Total number of affected farms – 102
Total number of counties – 23

Farms by county/Number of flocks
​Blue Earth: 1 ​Lyon: 1 ​Renville: 6
​Brown: 3 ​Meeker: 10 Roseau: 1
Chippewa: 1 ​Nicollet: 1 Stearns: 14
Clay: 1 Nobles: 1 ​​Steele: 1
Cottonwood: 2​ ​Otter Tail: 3 Swift: 7
​Kandiyohi: 38 ​Pipestone: 2 ​Wadena: 1
​Lac Qui Parle: 1​ ​Pope: 1 Watonwan: 1
​Le Sueur: 1 ​Redwood: 4 ​​​

Total number of birds affected in Minnesota – 8,318,032 (not including pending flock sizes)

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 99 of the affected premises.
Birds on 87 of the affected farms have been euthanized.
The carcass disposal process is complete on 27 of the affected farms. These farms are cleared for, and are working on, cleaning and disinfecting.
o Like all other aspects of HPAI response, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has guidelines for cleaning and disinfecting of premises affected by the virus.
 After the facilities have been cleaned and disinfected, animal health officials take environmental samples of the facility to make sure the influenza virus is no longer present.
 The barns must then sit empty for a period of 21 days. This is referred to as ‘down time’.
 Once the 21-day down time period is up, the affected farm is released from quarantine.
Please visit mnairesponse.info to learn more about Minnesota’s response to avian influenza.

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EDITOR’S NOTE:
Instead of daily updates, the State Emergency Operations Center will only send news releases when a new presumptive positive flock is identified or if there is a significant development.

https://dps.mn.gov/divisions/ooc/news-r ... ay-29.aspx

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PostPosted: Wed Jun 03, 2015 4:16 pm 
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WASHINGTON, June 3, 2015 - The United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) has confirmed the presence of highly pathogenic H5N2 avian influenza (HPAI) in two additional flocks in Minnesota and Iowa. No human infections with the virus have been detected at this time. CDC considers the risk to the general public from these HPAI H5 infections in wild birds, backyard flocks and commercial poultry, to be low.



USDA’s National Veterinary Services Laboratories confirmed HPAI H5N2 in the following counties and states:


Blue Earth County, Minnesota (June 2, 2015)
19,400 turkeys

Calhoun County, Iowa (June 2, 2015)
13,400 turkeys
2nd detection in this county


The affected premises have been quarantined and birds on the property will be depopulated to prevent the spread of the disease. Birds from the flock will not enter the food system.


According to USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service, in 2014, the U.S. poultry industry produced 8.54 billion broiler chickens, 99.8 billion eggs, and 238 million turkeys.


The United States has the strongest 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 – confirming that the poultry farm is AI virus-free. USDA also is working with its partners to actively look and test for the disease in commercial poultry operations, live bird markets and in migratory wild bird populations.


For more information about the ongoing avian influenza disease incidents visit the APHIS website. More information about avian influenza can be found on the USDA avian influenza page. More information about avian influenza and public health is available on the CDC website.

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