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PostPosted: Wed Dec 24, 2014 6:55 pm 
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Alaska has issued a warning to hunters, while claiming H5N2 and H5N8 in Alaska is unlikely (because they largely stopped testing in 2010 and didn't detect H5N1).

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PostPosted: Wed Dec 24, 2014 6:57 pm 
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Lower 48 Avian Flu Discoveries Unlikely to Affect Alaska Waterfowl Hunters
- ADF&G Press Release

Sam Cotten, Acting Commissioner
P.O. Box 115526
Juneau, Alaska 99811-5526
Press Release: December 19, 2014

Contact:
Dr. Kimberlee Beckmen, DVM, ADFG, Fairbanks, 459-7257
Dr. Bob Gerlach, DVM, DEC, Anchorage, 375-8214

Lower 48 Avian Flu Discoveries Unlikely to Affect Alaska Waterfowl Hunters

(Juneau) — Avian influenza has been confirmed recently in wild birds in northwestern Washington and southwestern Oregon, but risks are negligible to waterfowl and waterfowl hunters in Alaska where hunting seasons remain open in some regions.

“This is primarily a waterfowl issue in Washington and Oregon, but can be a threat to domestic poultry,” said Alaska Department of Fish and Game Wildlife Veterinarian Dr. Kimberlee Beckmen. “It’s unlikely to pose any threat to Alaska’s waterfowl populations and these strains have never been found to infect humans.”

Two strains of highly pathogenic H5 virus – H5N2 and H5N8 – were found earlier this month in Whatcom County, Washington. The H5N2 strain was confirmed in a northern pintail duck, while the H5N8 virus was verified in a captive gyrfalcon that had been fed hunter-killed wild birds. In Winston, Oregon, the H5N8 avian influenza was identified in a small backyard poultry flock that had open access to a pond and marsh that wild waterfowl commonly use.

“The term ‘highly pathogenic’ means it is highly pathogenic to domestic poultry and says nothing about its potential impacts on wild birds or pets or humans,” said Dr. Beckmen. Outbreaks of H5N8 have occurred in domestic fowl across Europe and Asia over the last year with no associated cases in humans.

Avian flu concerns have prompted increased surveillance of wild birds in Alaska in the past. Between 2006 and 2010, nearly 57,000 birds were tested for H5N1, and none tested positive for the virus. The Alaska Departments of Fish and Game, Environmental Conservation, and the U.S. Geological Survey are performing surveillance testing for avian influenza.

“Neither H5N2 nor H5N8 have been found in Alaska,” said DEC State Veterinarian Dr. Bob Gerlach.

Alaska waterfowl hunting seasons remain open through December 31 in Southeast and through January 22, 2015, around Kodiak Island and the Aleutian Chain. While no public health concerns have been associated with either H5N2 or H5N8 avian influenza strains, these cases serve as reminders that wildlife can carry pathogens of many kinds. As always, Alaska hunters should practice routine hygiene when handling, cleaning and cooking wild game. The Department of Fish and Game recommends the following:

Do not handle or eat obviously sick game.
Wear rubber or disposable latex gloves while handling and cleaning game.
Wash hands and thoroughly clean knives, equipment and surfaces that come into contact with game.
Do not eat, drink or smoke while handling animals.
All game should be thoroughly cooked (meat internal temperature of 165 °F).
Poultry owners can protect backyard flocks by taking measures to prevent them from interacting with wild birds. Neither H5N2 nor H5N8 have been found in any commercial poultry flocks.

Dead or sick domestic birds should be reported to the DEC at (907) 375-8215; for more information, contact Dr. Bob Gerlach bob.gerlach@alaska.gov in Anchorage at 375-8214. Dead or sick wild birds should be reported to ADF&G Wildlife Health and Disease Surveillance Program, phone: (907) 328-8354, email: dfg.dwc.vet@alaska.gov; or to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Avian Disease Hotline at 1-866-527-3358.

http://www.adfg.alaska.gov/index.cfm?ad ... pr12192014

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PostPosted: Wed Dec 24, 2014 6:58 pm 
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Avian flu on West Coast prompts advisory for Alaska hunters
Megan Edge
December 23, 2014
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UAF biologist Mark Lindberg, left, and Brandt Meixell scoop ducks out of an open section of the Chena River in December 2012. Lindberg and Meixell were conducting research on the birds to see how avian influenza moves through the population.
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Avian influenza has made its way to Washington and Oregon, but Alaska Department of Fish and Game officials say it is "unlikely" to affect Alaska. Nonetheless, the department is sending a warning to waterfowl hunters, as hunting remains open in Kodiak, Southeast and the Aleutian Islands.

"(People) need to know there has been an outbreak and that the state is continuing to do surveillance," said state veterinarian Bob Gerlach.

The strains of avian influenza discovered -- H5N2 and H5N8 -- have never been found to infect humans, Fish and Game reported.

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Last week the virus claimed the lives of a captive gyrfalcon in Northwest Washington and a small flock of "backyard poultry" that had access to a pond and marsh used by wild fowl in Southwest Oregon, Gerlach said.

Between 2006 and 2010, some 57,000 birds were tested for H5N1 in Alaska but none tested positive for that strain, which can affect humans, according to Gerlach. In 2012, scientists took blood and fecal samples from ducks in the Chena River for research, as they attempted to understand how the avian flu moves through populations.

Last year, an outbreak of the H5N8 strain was documented in Europe and Asia.

Waterfowl hunting is open through the end of the month in Southeast, and until Jan. 22 in Kodiak and the Aleutian Chain. Fish and Game is encouraging hunters to treat their waterfowl with caution.

Among their recommendations:

• Do not handle or eat obviously sick game.

• Wear rubber or latex gloves while handling and cleaning game, and wash your hands.

• Thoroughly clean knives, equipment and surfaces that come into contact with game.

• Do not eat, drink or smoke while handling animals.

• Cook all game to a temperature of at least 165 degrees.

Dead or sick domestic birds should be reported to the DEC at 907-375-8215 and to the Fish and Game disease surveillance program at 907-328-8354.

Contact Megan Edge at megan@alaskadispatch.com or on Google+

http://www.adn.com/article/20141223/avi ... ka-hunters

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