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PostPosted: Thu Jan 08, 2015 4:16 pm 
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The USDA H5N8 OIE report describes the positive result for the gadwall in Butte County, California, but fails to note that the positive was from California. Instead it is said to be from the "Pacific Flyway" and claims that there is no new outbreak in the text as well as the map. Thus, a single positive in a wild bird (northern pintail) at Wiser Lake in Whatcom County, Washington is counted as an outbreak and is marked on the map, while a single positive in a wild bird (gadwall) in Butte County, California is not counted as an outbreak and is not represented on the map.

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PostPosted: Thu Jan 08, 2015 4:26 pm 
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Date submitted to OIE 07/01/2015

As part of the increased AI surveillance of wild birds (performed by testing hunter harvested birds), an H5N8 with an amino acid sequence at the HA cleavage site that is consistent with highly pathogenic avian influenza has been identified in a wild gadwall duck in the Pacific flyway. HA and NA sequence fragments are essentially identical to that found in the reported gyrfalcon.

http://www.oie.int/wahis_2/public%5C..% ... 150646.pdf

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PostPosted: Thu Jan 08, 2015 4:29 pm 
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Information received on 07/01/2015 from Dr John Clifford, Deputy Administrator, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, United States Department of Agriculture, Washington, United States of America

Summary

Report type Follow-up report No. 3
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Outbreaks There are no new outbreaks in this report


Epidemiology

Source of the outbreak(s) or origin of infection Contact with wild species

Epidemiological comments The USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS), in conjunction with State Departments of Agriculture and Wildlife, are continuing to conduct a comprehensive epidemiological investigation and enhanced surveillance in response to the HPAI H5N8 wild bird related event. As part of the increased AI surveillance of wild birds (performed by testing hunter harvested birds), an H5N8 with an amino acid sequence at the HA cleavage site that is consistent with highly pathogenic avian influenza has been identified in a wild gadwall duck in the Pacific flyway. HA and NA sequence fragments are essentially identical to that found in the reported gyrfalcon.

http://www.oie.int/wahis_2/public/wahid ... rtid=16916

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PostPosted: Thu Jan 08, 2015 4:42 pm 
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Avian influenza news from the USDA: This week, as a result of increased surveillance in the Pacific flyway, USDA has confirmed the presence of HPAI in a wild duck in Butte County, California.
The samples in California were collected from a hunter-harvested gadwall in Butte County, California, as part of increased wild bird surveillance. Testing by the California Animal Health and Food Safety Laboratory, a National Animal Health Laboratory Network (NAHLN) laboratory, was positive on H5 PCR, and the sequencing results were consistent with Eurasian H5N8. The National Veterinary Services Laboratories (NVSL) received the samples on December 31 and confirmed the presence of HPAI H5N8. This is the same HPAI H5N8 strain that was found in Washington gryfalcons and the Oregon backyard poultry flock. This is not an unexpected finding, given wild waterfowl migratory patterns in the Pacific flyway.

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PostPosted: Thu Jan 08, 2015 4:45 pm 
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January 2 at 8:02pm
This post forwarded from NPIP:
Well, it’s California’s turn now…. There is a confirmed AI positive wild bird found in Butte County. This is the notice from CDFA….
Confirmed positive (Korean H5N8, likely HP) wild Gadwall collected in Butte County.
This is a completely expected finding given migratory patterns. The bird was collected as a part of enhanced surveillance by USDA Wildlife Services. The CAHFS Lab has proactively developed a rapid test to differentiate the Korean strain from the No American strain. They obtained the preliminary positive yesterday and gave the alert to NVSL who rushed the confirmatory test. USDA confirmed Jan 1. Because this is an EXPECTED finding, no special notices are planned as of this AM. CDFA and local USDA staff will redouble their efforts to help backyard and other small producers tighten up biosecurity to the extent possible. We are also preparing for a rapid response to any incursion into domestic poultry in order to limit damage. Note that to date, this particular strain is NOT considered a public health threat.

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PostPosted: Thu Jan 08, 2015 4:57 pm 
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California Waterfowl Association - Chico State Chapter shared California Waterfowl's post.
January 5 at 7:35pm ·

California Waterfowl
Avian influenza news from the USDA: This week, as a result of increased surveillance in the Pacific flyway, USDA has confirmed the presence of HPAI in a wild duck in Butte County, California.

The samples in California were collected from a hunter-harvested gadwall in Butte County, California, as part of increased wild bird surveillance. Testing by the California Animal Health and Food Safety Laboratory, a National Animal Health Laboratory Network (NAHLN) laboratory, was positive on H5 PCR, and the sequencing results were consistent with Eurasian H5N8. The National Veterinary Services Laboratories (NVSL) received the samples on December 31 and confirmed the presence of HPAI H5N8. This is the same HPAI H5N8 strain that was found in Washington gryfalcons and the Oregon backyard poultry flock. This is not an unexpected finding, given wild waterfowl migratory patterns in the Pacific flyway.

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PostPosted: Thu Jan 08, 2015 5:33 pm 
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A wild duck in Butte County in northern California has tested positive for highly pathogenic avian influenza, adding to a string of unprecedented West Coast bird flu cases.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture on Wednesday confirmed that a hunter-shot duck in Butte County was infected with highly pathogenic H5N8. The USDA detected the virus Dec. 31, but didn’t make an announcement until Wednesday.

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PostPosted: Fri Jan 09, 2015 12:46 am 
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Avian Influenza Found in Wild Bird in Butte County, California


January 5, 2015: A confirmed positive Avian Influenza (AI) serotype H5N8 was found in a wild Gadwall in Butte County, California. The pathogenicity of the AI strain is still being confirmed, but the National Veterinary Services Laboratories (NVSL) report it is consistent with Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI). The bird was collected as a part of enhanced surveillance by USDA Wildlife Services and is not a surprise due to given migratory patterns. This particular strain is not considered a public health threat and has not been found in commercial poultry.
Increased biosecurity and keeping birds housed away from open water sources that attract wild waterfowl is advised during this time. If you observe signs of illness or increased mortality, please call your private veterinarian, Sick Bird Hotline at 866-922-2473, CDFA District Office or USDA.

http://www.cdfa.ca.gov/ahfss/Animal_Hea ... uenza.html

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PostPosted: Fri Jan 09, 2015 8:12 am 
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Avian flu fear leads 30 nations to restrict U.S. poultry
By CHASE PURDY 1/7/15 3:44 PM EST Updated 1/7/15 6:13 PM EST
Twenty-two countries this week have joined the list of nations banning or applying restrictions to the importation of poultry from the Pacific Northwest over concerns about avian influenza, though the U.S. states involved have experienced only three small, non-commercial brushes with the bird-killing virus.
Mexico and Singapore on Tuesday were among the countries added to the list maintained by USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service. Canada previously had banned poultry from Oregon, but now has stopped accepting poultry from Washington, too.

That brings to 30 the total number of countries that have taken such a position since Dec. 24, including Japan and Peru.
The detections have inspired nervousness among poultry companies and public health officials alike, both of whom know the stakes can be high in the event of a full-on outbreak. They’re also generating plenty of anxiety about poultry exports.

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Seventeen of the nations on FSIS’ list have banned poultry from Oregon and Washington, except for Hong Kong and Macedonia, which have narrowed their bans to only poultry coming out of Benton County, Wash. and Douglas County, Ore., respectively. Four countries have placed restrictions only on Oregon poultry.



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PostPosted: Fri Jan 09, 2015 8:13 am 
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Note: FSIS has been informed by APHIS that until further notice, due to the finding of highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) in a backyard flock in Oregon and Washington, the certification statement referring to the United States as free from HPAI cannot be endorsed. Health certificates with certification statements referring to HPAI freedom in a state, region, zone or area can be endorsed for all states except Oregon and Washington. FSIS is updating the individual country export requirements as soon as information is received from APHIS. Meanwhile, while signing export certificates for countries, if there are questions regarding the avian influenza statement on the certificate please call IECPDS at (202) 720 0082 or (855) 444-9904 for clarification.*

Recently Revised Export Requirements

Dominican Republic (Jan 08, 2015)
Singapore (Jan 08, 2015)
Korea, Republic of (Jan 08, 2015)
European Union (Jan 08, 2015)
Hong Kong (Jan 08, 2015)
Taiwan (Jan 07, 2015)
Philippines (Jan 07, 2015)
Mexico (Jan 06, 2015)
Indonesia (Jan 06, 2015)
Canada (Jan 06, 2015)
Nicaragua (Jan 05, 2015)
Barbados (Jan 05, 2015)
Dominica (Jan 05, 2015)
Uruguay (Jan 05, 2015)
Guatemala (Jan 05, 2015)
St. Lucia (Jan 05, 2015)
Curacao (Jan 05, 2015)
Cuba (Jan 05, 2015)
El Salvador (Jan 05, 2015)
Costa Rica (Jan 05, 2015)
Sri Lanka (Jan 05, 2015)
Japan (Jan 05, 2015)
Peru (Jan 05, 2015)
Colombia (Jan 05, 2015)
Belarus (Jan 05, 2015)
Ecuador (Jan 05, 2015)
Turks & Caicos Islands (Jan 05, 2015)
New Zealand (Dec 30, 2014)
Russia (Dec 29, 2014)
Jordan (Dec 24, 2014)

http://www.fsis.usda.gov/wps/portal/fsi ... by-country

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