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PostPosted: Tue Jan 20, 2015 2:30 pm 
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Idaho Department of Agriculture cites H5N2 in 3 dead pet falcons fed wild bird in Canyon County.
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 20, 2015 3:20 pm 
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Dr. Bill Barton
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January 20, 2015

208-332-8540 or 208-332-8500

AVIAN INFLUENZA CONFIRMED IN IDAHO

Boise – The Idaho State Department of Agriculture (ISDA) has initiated a multi-agency investigation following the confirmation of a highly pathogenic strain of the avian influenza virus (HPAI), originating from wild waterfowl, in western and southern Idaho.

The incidents of HPAI recently found in Washington, Oregon, California and Utah, led USDA Wildlife Services and the Idaho Department of Fish and Game to increase routine disease surveillance of wild waterfowl in common migratory regions of Idaho. Surveillance conducted in Gooding County identified several cases of H5N8 avian influenza in wild ducks.

The H5N2 strain of avian influenza virus was confirmed in three falcons from a private, noncommercial flock in Canyon County, Idaho and was a result of recent contact with wild waterfowl. The flock is currently under quarantine and additional viral testing is being conducted on the remaining birds. Additionally, a small backyard poultry flock in Canyon County, Idaho was identified as having chickens positive for H5N2. That flock was immediately put under quarantine and the birds have been depopulated.

“Both the H5N8 and H5N2 strains of HPAI confirmed in Idaho have previously been identified in incidents in backyard domestic poultry and wild fowl in other northwestern states. It is critical that backyard flock owners and poultry producers take every opportunity to prevent contact between domestic birds and the wild waterfowl that carry the avian influenza virus” said Dr. Bill Barton, ISDA State Veterinarian.

The ISDA is working closely with the Idaho Department of Fish and Game, the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare, USDA APHIS Wildlife Services and USDA APHIS Veterinary Services to further disease surveillance for avian influenza, statewide.

There have been no human illnesses associated with the H5N8 or H5N2 viral strains of avian influenza anywhere in the world, to date. The virus has not been found in commercial poultry anywhere in the United States. However, to reduce the risk of exposure, individuals handling wild and domestic birds should remember to wash their hands after
contact and cook all poultry and poultry products thoroughly prior to consumption.

ISDA encourages commercial poultry growers and backyard owners to be vigilant with biosecurity measures, including maintaining separation between their flocks (including all feed and watering sites) and any wild birds. All poultry producers should monitor their flocks for signs of illness in their birds. Symptoms of avian influenza include, but are not limited to, coughing, sneezing, respiratory distress, decreased egg production, swelling of the head,
comb and wattles and sudden death. If producers observe symptoms consistent with HPAI in any of their birds, please contact the ISDA State Veterinarian’s office at 208-332-8540 or USDA-APHIS-VS, toll free at 1-866-536-7593. Sick or dead wild birds should be reported to the Idaho Department of Fish & Game at 208-454-7638.

Additional information about avian influenza and updates in the Idaho bird cases can be found at www.agri.idaho.gov under “Quick References – Avian Influenza Information”.

Additional information on seasonal and avian influenza in humans can be found at http://flu.idaho.gov.
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 20, 2015 3:27 pm 
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H5N2 Map updated

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PostPosted: Tue Jan 20, 2015 4:46 pm 
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Highly pathogenic bird flu strikes Idaho for first time

Don Jenkins
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January 20, 2015 12:10PM
Poultry, captive falcons and wild ducks in Idaho were infected with highly pathogenic bird flu.

Highly pathogenic bird flu has been detected in backyard chickens, captive falcons and wild ducks in western and southern Idaho, State Veterinarian Bill Barton said Tuesday.

Several wild ducks infected with H5N8 avian influenza were found in Gooding County, while the falcons and chickens in a small non-commercial flock were infected with H5N2 in Canyon County.

Barton said the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Wildlife Services and the Idaho Department of Fish and Game found the diseased wild ducks after stepping up surveillance of wild waterfowl because of bird flu cases in Washington, Oregon and California.

Officials suspect migratory waterfowl are introducing the closely related H5N2 and H5N8 viruses to North America, Europe and Asia.

“Most of Idaho is certainly part of the Pacific Flyway,” Barton said. “It wouldn’t be surprising to find more wild birds infected.”

The three falcons confirmed to have had the virus were fed wild duck, Barton said. The owner has other falcons, which are under quarantine and are being tested, Barton said.

The chicken flock was about 20 miles away, he said. The owner had not been moving birds off the property, Barton said.

The premises were immediately put under quarantine, and the birds were euthanized.

Three non-commercial flocks in Washington and one in Oregon have been infected with highly pathogenic bird flu since mid-December. Wild birds with the disease have been found in Washington, California and Utah.

Bird flu has not struck any U.S. commercial flock, but 245,600 birds at 11 infected British Columbia, Canada, poultry farms were culled from Dec. 1 to 17.

Barton said he knew of no other case of highly pathogenic bird flu ever in Idaho. A less contagious strain of low pathogenic avian flu was found in a southwestern Idaho game bird farm in 2008.

Barton urged domestic bird owners to keep their flocks away from wild waterfowl.

Avian influenza symptoms include coughing, sneezing, respiratory distress, decreased egg production, swelling of the head, comb and wattles and sudden death.

Barton urged Idaho producers who observe bird flu symptoms to call the Idaho State Department of Agriculture State Veterinarian’s office at 208-332-8540 or the USDA at 1-866-536-7593.

Sick or dead wild birds should be reported to the Idaho Department of Fish and Game at 208-454-7638.

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PostPosted: Tue Jan 20, 2015 4:53 pm 
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Idaho officials investigating a “highly pathogenic strain” of avian flu

By On Your Side newsroom staff. CREATED 12:13 PM
The Idaho State Department of Agriculture has begun a multi-agency investigation following the confirmation of what officials are calling “a highly pathogenic strain” of the avian influenza virus, originating from wild waterfowl, in western and southern Idaho.

“The incidents of the virus -- recently found in Washington, Oregon, California and Utah -- led USDA Wildlife Services and the Idaho Department of Fish and Game to increase routine disease surveillance of wild waterfowl in common migratory regions of Idaho,” said Idaho State Veterinarian Dr. Bill Barton. Surveillance conducted in Gooding County identified several cases of the H5N8 avian influenza in wild ducks, he said.

“The H5N2 strain of avian influenza virus was confirmed in three falcons from a private, non-commercial flock in Canyon County, and was a result of recent contact with wild waterfowl,” he stated. “The flock is currently under quarantine and additional viral testing is being conducted on the remaining birds. Additionally, a small backyard poultry flock in Canyon County, was identified as having chickens positive for H5N2. That flock was immediately put under quarantine and the birds have been depopulated.”

Both the H5N8 and H5N2 strains of HPAI confirmed in Idaho have previously been identified in incidents in backyard domestic poultry and wild fowl in other northwestern states, Barton stated. “It is critical that backyard flock owners and poultry producers take every opportunity to prevent contact between domestic birds and the wild waterfowl that carry the avian influenza virus,” he added.

The ISDA is working with the Idaho Department of Fish and Game, the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare, USDA APHIS Wildlife Services and USDA APHIS Veterinary Services to further disease surveillance for avian influenza, statewide.

Officials say it is important to note there have been no human illnesses associated with the H5N8 or H5N2 viral strains of avian influenza anywhere in the world, to date.

“The virus has not been found in commercial poultry anywhere in the United States. However, to reduce the risk of exposure, individuals handling wild and domestic birds should remember to wash their hands after contact and cook all poultry and poultry products thoroughly prior to consumption,” Barton said.

ISDA encourages commercial poultry growers and backyard owners to be vigilant with biosecurity measures, including maintaining separation between their flocks (including all feed and watering sites) and any wild birds. All poultry producers should monitor their flocks for signs of illness in their birds, officials said.

Symptoms of avian influenza include coughing, sneezing, respiratory distress, decreased egg production, swelling of the head, comb and wattles and sudden death.

If producers observe symptoms consistent with HPAI in any of their birds, please contact the ISDA State Veterinarian’s office at 208-332-8540 or USDA-APHIS-VS, toll free at 1-866-536-7593.

Sick or dead wild birds should be reported to the Idaho Department of Fish and Game at 208-454-7638.

Additional information about avian influenza and updates in the Idaho bird cases can be found at www.agri.idaho.gov under “Quick References –Avian Influenza Information”.

Additional information on seasonal and avian influenza in humans can be found at http://flu.idaho.gov.

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PostPosted: Tue Jan 20, 2015 4:58 pm 
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alcons test positive for avian flu in Canyon County

Posted: Tuesday, January 20, 2015 12:07 pm

CANYON COUNTY — A multi-agency investigation has revealed the presence of the avian influenza virus in Canyon County, officials from the Idaho State Department of Agriculture announced Tuesday.
The H5N2 strain of the avian flu — or HPAI — was found in three falcons from a private, non-commercial stock, Idaho State Veterinarian Dr. Bill Barton said. The flock is under quarantine as state officials test the rest of the birds.
“Both the H5N8 and H5N2 strains of HPAI confirmed in Idaho have previously been identified in incidents in backyard domestic poultry and wild fowl in other northwestern states,” Barton said in a news release. “It is critical that backyard flock owners and poultry producers take every opportunity to prevent contact between domestic birds and the wild waterfowl that carry the avian influenza virus.”
There have been no cases of human illness associated with either avian flu strain anywhere in the world, officials stated, and the virus has not been found in commercial poultry in the United States.
Still, Department of Agriculture representatives said, both commercial growers and backyard poultry owners should take precautions to minimize potential exposure and monitor their birds for signs of illness.
Symptoms of avian flu include decreased egg production, swelling of the head, comb and wattles, coughing, sneezing and sudden death. Sick poultry should be reported to the State Veterinarian's office at 208-332-8540. Sick or dead wild birds should be reported to the Idaho Department of Fish and Game at 208-454-7638.

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PostPosted: Tue Jan 20, 2015 5:00 pm 
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Avian flu confirmed in Canyon County
KTVB, KTVB.COM 11:27 a.m. MST January 20, 2015

CANYON COUNTY -- Multiple domestic birds in Canyon County have tested positive for a "highly pathogenic" strain of avian influenza, according to Idaho State Veterinarian Dr. Bill Barton.

The virus has been confirmed in trio of privately-owned falcons and a flock of chickens in Canyon County. All the surviving birds are currently under quarantine.

The falcons are believed to have caught got the illness from contact with wild waterfowl. It is unknown how the chickens, which were kept in a backyard, were exposed.

The USDA Wildlife Services and the Idaho Department of Fish and Game began testing wild Idaho birds after the virus popped up in Oregon, California and Utah. The investigators found several cases of avian flu among wild ducks in Gooding County.

In a Tuesday press release, Barton urged bird owners to be diligent to keep them separate from wild waterfowl to prevent infection.

"Both the H5N8 and H5N2 strains of HPAI confirmed in Idaho have previously been identified in incidents in backyard domestic poultry and wild fowl in other northwestern states," he said. "It is critical that backyard flock owners and poultry producers take every opportunity to prevent contact between domestic birds and the wild waterfowl that carry the avian influenza virus."

Officials stress there has never been a human case linked to the H5N8 or H5N2 strains of avian flu, and the illness has not been found in commercial poultry in the U.S.

However, those who handle wild or tame birds are advised to wash their hands after contact and cook all poultry products thoroughly before eating them.

Both commercial farmers and residents keeping a backyard flock are urged make sure wild fowl are not mingling with their birds, including at feeding or watering sites. Symptoms of the virus include coughing, sneezing, respiratory distress, decreased egg production, swelling of the head, comb and wattles and sudden death.

Anyone who spots such symptoms in their birds should call ISDA State Veterinarian's office at 208-332-8540 or USDA-APHIS-VS, toll free at 1-866-536-7593. Sick or dead wild birds should be reported to Fish & Game at 208-454-7638.

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PostPosted: Tue Jan 20, 2015 5:05 pm 
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Avian Flu Confirmed in Domestic Birds in Canyon County
POSTED BY GEORGE PRENTICE ON TUE, JAN 20, 2015 AT 12:32 PM

The Idaho State Veterinarian has confirmed that several cases of avian flu were detected in Canyon County. Officials determined that several wild waterfowl had been infected and, in turn, spread the avian flu to falcons in a non-commercial flock. Additionally, some chickens in Canyon County tested positive for the virus.

"Both the H5N8 and H5N2 strains of HPAI confirmed in Idaho have previously been identified in incidents in backyard domestic poultry and wild fowl in other northwestern states," wrote State Veterenarian Dr. Bill Barton in a press release. "It is critical that backyard flock owners and poultry producers take every opportunity to prevent contact between domestic birds and the wild waterfowl that carry the avian influenza virus."

All of the surviving birds were reported to be in quarantine. The testing was triggered by a number of cases of avian flu being confirmed in Oregon, Utah and California. Investigators previous confirmed avian flu among wild ducks in Gooding County.

Barton urges Idaho bird owners to be diligent in keeping them apart from wild waterfowl to prevent infection.

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PostPosted: Tue Jan 20, 2015 9:48 pm 
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Idaho agriculture officials are investigating two highly contagious strains of avian influenza found in the Western and Southern parts of the state. The Department of Agriculture says wild ducks in Gooding County are contaminated with the H5N8 strain of avian influenza. Three falcons and a small backyard poultry flock of chickens in Canyon County are infected with the H5N2 strain. These two strains of avian influenza originate from wild waterfowl. After finding the virus recently in Washington, Oregon, and Utah, the Department of Agriculture, along with the USDA Wildlife Services and the Idaho Department of Fish and Game, began to increase routine disease surveillance of wild waterfowl in Idaho. Dr. Steven Haymore, a veterinarian at Alpine Animal Hospital says large poultry operations are not likely to be at risk of an infection, but anyone raising birds at their home should do everything they can to keep them away from wild waterfowl. "There's always concern because it is in Idaho and it's been confirmed in a few other of the surrounding states. But the biggest thing to watch for I think is sick, if you have sick birds, you need to notify the fish and game or a veterinarian. And you know, take it seriously. It needs to be reported if suddenly animals are dying, because of the migration of the waterfowl.” These particular strains have never been passed to humans, or animals other than birds, but the Idaho Health Department still recommends taking precautions such as washing hands and avoiding exposure to sick animals.

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PostPosted: Tue Jan 20, 2015 10:50 pm 
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Government Ag Teams Encircle New Washington Bird Flu Case
By ANNA KING • 1 HOUR AGO

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The USDA says owners of backyard flocks should keep their birds separated from wild ones.
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Three new hot spots of bird flu have been found in wild ducks and domestic birds in Idaho.
A second Oregon case was confirmed last week in a wild duck near Eugene. And a flock of 118 birds was euthanized over the weekend in Port Angeles, Washington.

Government agriculture workers have taken out several large infected backyard flocks -- some with more than 100 birds.

Port Angeles is the newest target zone for government bird swabbing. And officials from the state and the USDA are finding a lot of small backyard flocks there. Some samples could come back with lab results as early as this weekend.

Idaho has stepped up its surveillance of backyard flocks and wild birds as well.

All of these Northwest cases are thought to stem from wild waterfowl flyways that pass over our region. Backyard flock owners are reminded by the USDA to keep their birds separated from wild ones. Commercial poultry and egg producers are on high alert to keep the viruses off their farms.

It’s all bad news for poultry exports -- with four key countries banning poultry and eggs from the U.S.

Jim Sumner, president of the USA Poultry & Egg Export Council, said some poultry companies are losing as much as $500,000 in trade a week. He added that some chicken parts are worth way more outside the U.S. than in it -- like chicken feet.

“Companies are starting to send those to the rendering plant for two or three cents a pound instead of the 90 cents a pound that they were previously getting for them in China,” he said.

Sumner said it could take months or even years for trade to resume in some of these countries. And he said countries like China are already finding replacement imports.

The USDA says these particular bird flu strains are not harmful to humans.

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