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WISCONSIN LOW-PATH AI OUTBREAK IN TURKEYS TO BE MANAGED CONSERVATIVELY

  

Mar 10, 2017

    

During a March 6th conference call organized by the USDA-Animal, Plant Inspection Service (APHIS)-Veterinary Services, Dr. Jack Shere, Deputy Administrator of the Agency advised that the isolated case of low pathogenicity H5N2 avian influenza on a turkey grow-out farm in Barron County will be handled conservatively.

The farm with a total of 84,000 birds comprises three houses of 16-week old toms and three houses of 6-week old toms.  The diagnosis followed the appearance of mild respiratory signs including mortality.

  

Based on the fact that there were no dangerous contact premises, and that the old turkeys were close to marketing, the decision was made to quarantine the farm and allow the turkeys to be slaughtered under controlled management.  At the present time there is no evidence of active AI infection as evidenced by PCR assays.

Flocks will be assayed for avian influenza virus at 7-day intervals until marketed, and will be processed subject to freedom from infection. 

  
  
 








 
 
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