CHICAGO — The U.S. Division of Agriculture (USDA) reported an outbreak of extremely pathogenic avian flu in an Indiana turkey flock on Wednesday, the nation’s first case in a business poultry operation since 2020.
The outbreak introduced swift response from importers in search of to restrict the unfold of the chook flu. China and Korea blocked non-heated poultry meat from Indiana, whereas Taiwan restricted poultry meat and egg merchandise from the state, the USDA mentioned on its web site.
Indiana mentioned the pressure of the virus was H5N1 and it was the state’s first case of extremely pathogenic chook flu in business poultry since 2016, when 400,000 birds had been killed. The H5N1 pressure has additionally been present in wild birds alongside the U.S. East Coast and has brought on a wave of outbreaks in poultry throughout Europe and Asia.
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Canada confirmed H5N1 chook flu in a business poultry flock in Nova Scotia, triggering various commerce restrictions from importers, the Canadian Meals Inspection Company mentioned on Wednesday.
The H5N1 pressure “has been wreaking havoc on Asia and Europe,” mentioned Jim Sumner, president of the USA Poultry & Egg Export Council, an trade group. China’s ban on Indiana poultry will possible final 90 days, he mentioned.
Although restricted, the commerce restrictions and lack of poultry to the illness are a blow to the U.S. farm sector. The USDA mentioned chook flu doesn’t pose a direct well being concern to individuals.
About 29,000 turkeys on the farm in Dubois County, Indiana, within the south of the state, are being culled to comprise the outbreak, state officers mentioned.
The Indiana outbreak is critical as a result of it signifies the pressure has entered a migratory pathway for birds known as the Mississippi Flyway that features main U.S. poultry-producing states like Mississippi, Sumner mentioned.
Indiana is the third-largest U.S. turkey-producing state, No. 1 in duck manufacturing, and No. 2 in desk eggs and egg-laying chickens, in keeping with the state.
Officers have quarantined the contaminated farm and mentioned birds from the flock is not going to enter the meals system. They’re testing birds within the surrounding space for the illness.
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