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USDA has confirmed H5N8 in a backyard flock in Winston Oregon

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NOTICE: H5N8 Found in Backyard Poultry in Oregon
USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service sent this bulletin at 12/19/2014 01:08 PM EST



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The United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) confirmed the presence of highly pathogenic (HPAI) H5N8 avian influenza in guinea fowl and chickens from a small backyard poultry flock in Winston, Oregon. The flock of approximately 100 birds has access to the outdoors. A pond and a marsh on the premises are frequented by migratory birds.



The H5N8 virus has NOT been found in commercial poultry anywhere in the United States.



There is no immediate public health concern, as the H5N8 virus has been found in birds in other parts of the world and has not caused any human infection to date.



Surveillance for avian influenza is ongoing in commercial poultry operations, live bird markets, and in migratory wild bird populations. Additionally, commercial poultry producers follow strict biosecurity practices and raise their birds in very controlled environments. Birds from the affected backyard flock will not enter the food chain. All poultry, poultry products and wild birds are safe to eat as long as they are properly handled and cooked to a temperature of 165 degrees Fahrenheit.



The finding in Oregon was quickly reported and identified due to increased awareness of avian influenza in light of the HPAI H5 findings in wild birds in Washington State earlier this week. This H5N8 virus is the same virus that was found in the Washington State gyrfalcons.



Oregon State officials and USDA are working jointly to respond to this detection, following existing HPAI response plans. The State of Oregon quarantined the affected premises, and APHIS will assist the State in depopulating the remaining birds to prevent the spread of the disease. Additional surveillance of poultry around the infected premises will be conducted as outlined in the response plans.



USDA notified the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) of this detection today as required by the OIE. USDA expects trading partners to respond to this reported detection according to OIE’s science-based standards. USDA is working with trading partners to minimize trade impacts on poultry and poultry products as much as possible.



All bird owners, whether commercial producers or backyard enthusiasts, are encouraged to practice good biosecurity, prevent contact between their birds and wild birds, and to report sick birds or unusual bird deaths to State/Federal officials, either through your state veterinarian or through USDA’s toll-free number at 1-866-536-7593. Additional information on biosecurity for backyard flocks can be found at healthybirds.aphis.usda.gov



USDA is coordinating closely with its partners, including Washington and Oregon State officials, the U.S. Department of the Interior and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, on avian influenza surveillance, reporting, and control.

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PostPosted: Fri Dec 19, 2014 3:35 pm 
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Bird Flu Found in ‘Backyard’ Oregon Poultry Flock, USDA Says
By Megan Durisin Dec 19, 2014 2:14 PM ET
The disease known as bird flu has been found in a “backyard” poultry flock in Oregon, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said, adding that there’s no immediate public health concern.

Highly pathogenic avian influenza was detected in the flock of about 100 birds, comprised of guinea fowl and chickens, in Winston, Oregon, a unit of the USDA said today in a statement on its website.

The virus strain is H5N8 and has not been found in commercial poultry anywhere in the U.S., the USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service said. The agency also reported cases this week of virus strains of avian influenza in wild birds in Washington state.

“Birds from the affected backyard flock will not enter the food chain,” the USDA said. “All poultry, poultry products and wild birds are safe to eat as long as they are properly handled and cooked.”

A bird-flu outbreak in Canada’s westernmost province of British Columbia left poultry processors scrambling to find enough turkey for Christmas tables. About 155,000 birds in the Fraser Valley died of flu or were set to be euthanized with carbon dioxide gas and then composted after avian influenza was detected at eight sites. Washington state borders British Columbia.

‘Increased Awareness’

The virus strain in Oregon is the same that was found in captive Gyrfalcons in Whatcom County, Washington, the agency said. A separate strain, H5N2, was found in northern pintail ducks in Washington, the USDA said Dec. 16.

“The finding in Oregon was quickly reported and identified due to increased awareness of avian influenza in light of” the findings in Washington, the USDA said.

Strains of the disease have also been found in birds in Europe, India, Egypt and Mexico, according to Rabobank International. The U.S., Taiwan and South Africa are among countries that have imposed temporary restrictions on poultry from British Columbia, the third-largest turkey-producing province in Canada.

To contact the reporter on this story: Megan Durisin in Chicago at mdurisin1@bloomberg.net

To contact the editors responsible for this story: Millie Munshi at mmunshi@bloomberg.net Joe Richter

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PostPosted: Fri Dec 19, 2014 3:56 pm 
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Bird flu outbreak in Douglas County prompts warnings from state agriculture officials to monitor backyard birds
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Backyard fowl and commercial poultry growers should be monitored closely for strains of the avian influenza after an outbreak in Douglas County and Washington, warns the Oregon Department of Agriculture. (Benjamin Brink/The Oregonian)
Print Molly Harbarger | mharbarger@oregonian.com By Molly Harbarger | mharbarger@oregonian.com

on December 19, 2014 at 11:33 AM, updated December 19, 2014 at 11:39 AM

Oregon poultry growers and backyard chicken farmers should be on guard against a strain of avian influenza, according to the state Department of Agriculture.

A backyard flock of 100 guinea fowl and chickens in Winston were found to have the avian flu called H5N8, which is highly contagious. No other cases of the flu have been found, and state officials say it has not shown up in commercial poultry anywhere in the U.S. However, the infected flock have access to a pond and a marsh that migratory birds visit, so the ODA advises close monitoring of backyard birds to make sure the infection doesn't spread.

Birds in other parts of the world have carried the H5N8 virus without human infection. Poultry meat and egg products are safe to eat, say agriculture officials.

A captive falcon with H5N8 was found in Washington earlier this week. The falcon was fed wild birds killed by hunters. A wild northern pintail duck was also found to carry H5N2 in Washington.

ODA's state veterinarian Brad Leamaster said owners can protect their domestic birds by avoiding their contact with wild birds.

"Steps are being taken to contain the disease and we have not diagnosed avian influenza elsewhere in Oregon's domestic poultry population, but the presence of the virus in migratory waterfowl poses a potential risk to our backyard poultry," LeaMaster said.

Neither of the most recent strains found in Douglas County or Washington are the bird flu H5N1 that is most easily spread to humans and caused major poultry deaths in Asia in 2003.

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PostPosted: Fri Dec 19, 2014 4:46 pm 
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H5N8 Found in Backyard Poultry in Oregon
Virus not found in commercial poultry in U.S.
No public health concern at this time
WASHINGTON, Dec. 18, 2014— The United States Department of Agriculture’s
(USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) confirmed the presence of
highly pathogenic (HPAI) H5N8 avian influenza in guinea fowl and chickens from a
small backyard poultry flock in Winston, Oregon. The flock of approximately 100 birds
has access to the outdoors. A pond and a marsh on the premises are frequented by
migratory birds.
The H5N8 virus has NOT been found in commercial poultry anywhere in the United
States.
There is no immediate public health concern, as the H5N8 virus has been found in birds
in other parts of the world and has not caused any human infection to date.
Surveillance for avian influenza is ongoing in commercial poultry operations, live bird
markets, and in migratory wild bird populations. Additionally, commercial poultry
producers follow strict biosecurity practices and raise their birds in very controlled
environments. Birds from the affected backyard flock will not enter the food chain. All
poultry, poultry products and wild birds are safe to eat as long as they are properly
handled and cooked to a temperature of 165 degrees Fahrenheit.
The finding in Oregon was quickly reported and identified due to increased awareness of
avian influenza in light of the HPAI H5 findings in wild birds in Washington State earlier
this week. This H5N8 virus is the same virus that was found in the Washington State
gyrfalcons.
Oregon State officials and USDA are working jointly to respond to this detection,
following existing HPAI response plans. The State of Oregon quarantined the affected
premises, and APHIS will assist the State in depopulating the remaining birds to prevent
the spread of the disease. Additional surveillance of poultry around the infected premises
will be conducted as outlined in the response plans.
USDA notified the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) of this detection today
as required by the OIE. USDA expects trading partners to respond to this reported
detection according to OIE’s science-based standards. USDA is working with trading
partners to minimize trade impacts on poultry and poultry products as much as possible.
Animal and Plant
Health Inspection
Service All bird owners, whether commercial producers or backyard enthusiasts, are encouraged
to practice good biosecurity, prevent contact between their birds and wild birds, and to
report sick birds or unusual bird deaths to State/Federal officials, either through your state
veterinarian or through USDA’s toll-free number at 1-866-536-7593. Additional
information on biosecurity for backyard flocks can be found at
healthybirds.aphis.usda.gov
USDA is coordinating closely with its partners, including Washington and Oregon State
officials, the U.S. Department of the Interior and the U.S. Department of Health and
Human Services, on avian influenza surveillance, reporting, and control.

http://www.aphis.usda.gov/publications/ ... Oregon.pdf

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PostPosted: Fri Dec 19, 2014 5:40 pm 
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News release: Oregon activates avian influenza response plan
NEWS RELEASE, PLANTS, ANIMALS, INSECTS DECEMBER 19TH, 2014 38 VIEWS
The State of Oregon has activated a multi-agency response plan following the confirmation of highly pathogenic H5 avian influenza in domestic birds in Douglas County. The Oregon Department of Agriculture is the lead state agency responding to the incident, working closely with the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, and Oregon Health Authority. The US Department of Agriculture’s Animal Plant Health Inspection Service (USDA-APHIS) will play a key role in the response as well.

There is no immediate public health concern due to the avian influenza virus detected in Oregon. H5N8 virus has been found in other parts of the world and has not caused any human infection to date. Avian influenza does not affect poultry meat or egg products, which remain safe to eat. As always, both wild and domestic poultry should be properly cooked.

The H5N8 avian influenza virus was confirmed by USDA in guinea fowl and chickens from a small backyard poultry flock in Winston, Oregon. The flock of approximately 100 birds has access to the outdoors. A pond and a marsh on the premises are frequented by migratory birds. The virus has not been found in commercial poultry anywhere in the US. Surveillance for avian influenza is ongoing in commercial poultry operations, live bird markets, and in migratory wild bird populations.

The finding in Oregon was quickly reported and identified due to increased awareness of avian influenza in light of the high path avian influenza findings in wild birds in Washington earlier this week. This H5N8 virus is the same virus that was found in a Washington captive gyrfalcon.

ODA is advising commercial poultry growers and backyard flock owners to be vigilant with biosecurity measures and surveillance.

“Steps are being taken to contain the disease and we have not diagnosed avian influenza elsewhere in Oregon’s domestic poultry population, but the presence of the virus in migratory waterfowl poses a potential risk to our backyard poultry,” says ODA’s State Veterinarian Dr. Brad LeaMaster. “This event underscores the importance of biosecurity for backyard bird owners. We strongly encourage owners to take biosecurity measures to reduce the risk of spreading the disease. That includes preventing contact between their birds and wild birds. We also want them to monitor their flock closely and report sick birds.”

Backyard flock owners can report sick birds to the State Veterinarian’s office at 1-800-347-7028 or can call USDA toll free at 1-866-536-7593.

Oregon’s commercial poultry industry has a robust avian influenza testing program and ODA conducts weekly surveillance testing and health inspections at the state’s only live bird market in Woodburn. In addition, wild bird mortality surveillance is routinely conducted by the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife. Wild bird deaths can be reported to the ODFW toll-free line at 1-866-968-2600.

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Media contact: Bruce Pokarney, ODA, (503) 986-4559

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PostPosted: Fri Dec 19, 2014 11:13 pm 
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Avian flu found in Southern Oregon

December 19, 2014 11:25AM
Bird flu has been detected in Winston, Ore., in Southern Oregon.

A highly pathogenic strain of avian influenza has been found in guinea fowl and chickens in a small backyard flock in Southern Oregon, the state Department of Agriculture said today.

The H5N8 virus was confirmed by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and is similar to the virus that killed a captive gyrfalcon this week in Whatcom County, Wash., in the northwest corner

The flock of approximately 100 birds in Douglas County had access to the outdoors, according to ODA. A pond and marsh on the premises are frequented by migratory birds.

The falcon in Washington died after eating a wild duck shot by a hunter at Wiser Lake 3 miles southwest of Lynden, Wash. Another wild duck found dead at the same lake tested positive this week for H5N2 avian influenza.

The H5N8 virus struck Asia flocks earlier this year and was detected in European commercial poultry for the first time in November. The virus has never been detected in commercial poultry in the United States.

A highly pathogenic H5N2 virus has claimed more than 200,000 birds at 10 poultry farms in British Columbia, just north of the Washington border.

ODA is the lead agency responding to the bird flu in Southern Oregon.

The agency is working with the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, Oregon Health Authority and USDA Animal Plant Health Inspection Service.

The H5N8 virus found in other parts of the world has not caused any human health problems, according to ODA.

Bird flu does not taint meat or eggs, which are safe to eat if properly cooked, according to officials.

ODA advised commercial poultry growers and backyard flock owners to keep their birds away from wild birds.

“Steps are being taken to contain the disease and we have not diagnosed avian influenza elsewhere in Oregon’s domestic poultry population, but the presence of the virus in migratory waterfowl poses a potential risk to our backyard poultry,” Oregon State Veterinarian Brad LeaMaster said in a written statement.

Backyard flock owners can report sick birds to the State Veterinarian’s office at 1-800-347-7028 or can call USDA toll free at 1-866-536-7593.

Oregon’s commercial poultry industry has an avian influenza testing program, and ODA conducts weekly tests and health inspections at the state’s only live bird market in Woodburn.

In addition, ODFW tests dead birds. Wild bird deaths can be reported to the ODFW toll-free line at 1-866-968-2600.

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PostPosted: Sat Dec 20, 2014 5:05 am 
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SALEM, Ore. — Avian flu has been found in a backyard flock of poultry in southern Oregon.

The Oregon Department of Agriculture said Friday the same strain of the virus H5N8 that was recently discovered in a gyrfalcon in Washington state was found in a flock of about 100 chickens and guinea fowl kept privately in the Douglas County town Winston.

State veterinarian Dr. Brad LeaMaster says avian flu has not been found anywhere else in Oregon. He advises people — especially commercial poultry operations — to report sick birds and take steps to assure their flocks don't contact wild birds.

The department says this strain of the virus has not spread to humans anywhere and says the meat and eggs of infected birds are safe to eat and should be properly cooked.

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PostPosted: Sat Dec 20, 2014 10:30 am 
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H5N8 Found in Backyard Poultry in Oregon

20 December, 2014
The United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) confirmed the presence of highly pathogenic (HPAI) H5N8 avian influenza in guinea fowl and chickens from a small backyard poultry flock in Winston, Oregon. The flock of approximately 100 birds has access to the outdoors. A pond and a marsh on the premises are frequented by migratory birds.
The finding in Oregon was quickly reported and identified due to increased awareness of avian influenza in light of the HPAI H5 findings in wild birds in Washington State earlier this week. This H5N8 virus is the same virus that was found in the Washington State gyrfalcons.

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