Check out this two-minute video in partnership with the Ohio Poultry Association and the Ohio Department of Agriculture where we answer some of your most common questions.
Updated Biosecurity for Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza Trifold
The trifold from the 2015 outbreak has been updated and can be shared to clients to assist with Biosecurity measures as we continue to address the current state of HPAI.
CLICK HERE to View, Print, or Download the Trifold –> Avian Influenza Trifold
New APHIS/USDA Biosecurity for Backyard Poultry Website and Information
USDA/APHIS has increased the amount of materials for use for increasing outreach and awareness regarding Biosecurity for Backyard Poultry with the Defend The Flock program.
Materials that can be used for outreach and awareness include webinars, fact sheets and website links
CLICK HERE for a link to the DEFEND The FLOCK resource page
APHIS Social Media Toolkit – Biosecurity and High Path Avian Influenza
When it comes to disease threats, you are your flock’s best protection. Biosecurity – practiced carefully and regularly — is key to protecting backyard birds from infectious disease carried to and from farms, backyards or aviaries, by people, animals, equipment or vehicles.
Wild birds, particularly waterfowl like ducks and geese, can carry diseases such as Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI), among others. With spring migration underway, bird owners should be aware of the increased threats and take steps to limit spread of germs and disease by following good biosecurity practices at all times.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (USDA-APHIS) “Biosecurity for Birds” campaign includes social media resources on biosecurity and practices. We hope you will take part in promoting biosecurity during migratory season by sharing these resources on your channels and with your readers. Here are a few ways you can help:
- Follow and share your biosecurity tips and practices using #biosecurity.
- Browse and download resources from our website: http://1.usa.gov/1TfwKCu
- Follow us on Twitter: @Healthy_Harry
- Like us on Facebook: Healthy Harry’s Biosecurity fo r Birds
- Watch our biosecurity videos on YouTube: Biosecurity For Birds
- Email us for more information: Donna Karlsons at L.Karlsons@aphis.usda.gov or Joelle Hayden at Joelle.R.Hayden@aphis.usda.gov
Use or customize these sample Facebook posts to increase awareness of the importance of biosecurity practices during migratory season.
With migratory season underway, disease threat for bird owners is increased. It’s important to include
#biosecurity practices in your daily routine to protect your birds’ safety. We are the best protection our birds have. Learn how to practice good #biosecurity at: http://1.usa.gov/1UrqXqC
Spring migration is underway, which means ducks, geese and other birds traveling for the spring have the potential to spread disease. Keep your flock disease-free this spring by incorporating biosecurity basics into your daily routines! http://1.usa.gov/1UrqXqC
Keeping flocks healthy should be a top priority for all backyard bird owners. As part of good biosecurity, you should prevent contact between your birds and wild birds. Check out this video on keeping flocks healthy: http://bit.ly/1TKUUD1
Don’t be chicken! Aim to protect your flock by practicing #biosecurity. Disease can spread from exposure to wild animals, contaminated water and equipment and much more. Learn how you can keep your flock disease-free at: http://1.usa.gov/1UrqXqC
Birds are migrating! Did you know migration increases the possibility of disease and virus harming your flock? Protect your birds by taking preventative measures, like keeping them in a screened-in area. Here are tips you can use: http://bit.ly/2d24UI3
Share the sample tweets on Twitter to get your followers involved with #biosecurity.
Spring migration is here. Keep birds disease-free by screening in their coop to prevent contact with wild animals http://1.usa.gov/1UrqXqC
Just 6 simple steps can keep your flock healthy during migratory season. Practicing #biosecurity prevents disease. http://1.usa.gov/1NQpx3W
#Biosecurity decreases risk of diseases with your flock, even during migratory season. Your flock counts on YOU! http://1.usa.gov/1QFtJrL
Migratory birds have potential to spread disease in US. #Biosecurity is crucial. Monitor 2017 fall patterns here: http://bit.ly/2dqHiz3
For poultry owners, #biosecurity can spell the difference between health and disease. Protect your flock this fall: http://bit.ly/2cQlgaG
#Biosecurity in migratory season is important because wild birds are likely to carry AI & other diseases. More here: http://bit.ly/2d24UI3
Full PDF with graphics ->Social Toolkit for APHIS-B4B Migratory Season (1)-1nacezp
High Path Avian Influenza Updates
High Path Avian Influenza has been in the news lately as outbreaks have occurred both in the United States and abroad.
USDA Confirms Second Case of Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza in a Commercial Flock in Lincoln County, Tennessee
USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service sent this bulletin at 03/16/2017 11:15 AM EDT
The United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) has confirmed a second case of highly pathogenic H7N9 avian influenza in a commercial breeder flock in Lincoln County, Tennessee. This H7N9 strain is of North American wild bird lineage and is the same strain of avian influenza that was previously confirmed in Tennessee. It is NOT the same as the China H7N9 virus that has impacted poultry and infected humans in Asia. The flock of 55,000 chickens is located in the Mississippi flyway, within three kilometers of the first Tennessee case. CLICK HERE TO READ FULL ARTICLE
Expert: Bird flu outbreak nation’s worst since 2015
March 22, 2017 by Jay Reeves
A bird flu outbreak that has led officials to euthanize more than 200,000 animals in three Southern states already is the nation’s worst since 2015 and new cases are still popping up, an expert said Wednesday.
The disease was first confirmed in southern Tennessee earlier this month and has since been detected in northern Alabama and western Kentucky.
Read more at: https://phys.org/news/2017-03-expert-bird-flu-outbreak-nation.html#jCp
Avian Influenza and Biosecurity
Mohamed El-Gazzar, DVM, MAM, PhD, DACPV
Assistant Professor and Poultry Extension Veterinarian, Department of Veterinary Preventive Medicine, College of Veterinary Medicine, The Ohio State University
It has been a little bit over 2 years since the beginning of the largest Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI) outbreak in North America (NA). The virus that caused such outbreak was genetically identified to be a mix between North American and Eurasian Avian Influenza (AI) viruses. Wild migratory birds are thought to play a prominent role in bringing that virus to NA. While the last case of commercial poultry from that outbreak was reported in late spring of 2015, AI continues to be a threat to the poultry population (commercial and noncommercial) in NA. The clearest evidence of that threat materialized in another HPAI outbreak in January of 2016 that affected the commercial poultry industry. Different from 2015 outbreak, the 2016 outbreak evolved from a purely NA virus. It also seems that the Eurasian virus did not disappear from NA; as it has been isolated from wild mallard ducks in two different occasions from two different locations (Alaska, August and Montana, December) in 2016.
Click Here to Read the Full Article —> HPAI and Biosecurity 1-20-17-22o8w7a
USDA Detects Eurasian lineage H5 Avian Influenza in a Wild Mallard Duck in Montana
USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service sent this bulletin at 01/09/2017 06:18 PM EST
The United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) has detected the presence of Eurasian/North American reassortant H5N2 avian influenza in a wild mallard duck in Fergus County, Montana. No illness or mortalities in domestic poultry in the U.S. have been detected.
Dutch destroy 190,000 ducks in first bird flu cull
Reuters – Saturday November 26th, 2016
190,000 ducks were destroyed at farms in the Netherlands in the first cull of avian flu sweeping across Northern Europe. The strain is predominantly the H5N8 highly pathogenic strain. Other countries affected include Denmark, Germany, Finland and Sweden.
Veterinary Feed Directive
The Veterinary Feed Directive OTC changes go into effect on January 1st, 2017. This has the potential to impact the Poultry Industry.
Over the past several years, the FDA has taken important steps toward fundamental change in how medically important antibiotics can be legally used in feed or water for food-producing animals. Now, the agency is moving to eliminate the use of such drugs for production purposes (i.e., growth promotion and feed efficiency) and bring their remaining therapeutic uses in feed and water under the supervision of licensed veterinarians – changes that are critical to ensure these drugs are used judiciously and only when appropriate for specific animal health purposes. The Veterinary Feed Directive (VFD) final rule is an important part of the agency’s overall strategy to ensure the judicious use of medically important antimicrobials in food-producing animals.
Click HERE to read the full FACT SHEET: Veterinary Feed Directive Final Rule and Next Steps from fda.gov
CLICK HERE for a good FAQ link from Texas A and M University.
CLICK HERE for the full FDA PDF on the Veterinary Feed Directive Compliance Guide
NOTE: The coccidiostat Amprolium added to starter feed is not considered “medically important” and will not fall under VFD unless used in combination with a VFD drug (source:TAMU Agrilife Extension)
Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza in the Midwest for the second year in a row.
Dr. Mo El-Gazzar, Poultry Extension Veterinarian
On January 15, 2016, the USDA announced that highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) was found on a commercial turkey farm located in Dubois, Indiana. The case was confirmed on January 14. Click link below for full PDF
Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza in the Mid West for the Second Year in a Row
If your birds are suspected of having influenza, they will be tested at ODA’s Animal Disease Diagnostic Laboratory (ADDL).