Federal and State Partners Provide Information on Avian Influenza

 The USDA confirmed the first Iowa case of highly pathogenic H5N2 avian influenza in a commercial turkey flock in Buena Vista County this week. The flock is located within the Mississippi flyway where this strain of avian influenza has previously been identified.
Iowa State University’s Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory has posted links to general information and factsheets about avian influenza and directions for submitting samples. The factsheets available on the College of Veterinary Medicine websitehttp://vetmed.iastate.edu/aiv-background-and-resources include:

All bird owners, whether commercial producers or backyard flock owners, should continue to practice good biosecurity, prevent contact between their birds and wild birds, and report sick birds or unusual bird deaths to either the state veterinarian at 515-281-5321 or through USDA’s toll-free number at 866-536-7593. 
Additional questions about avian influenza should be directed to Dr. Dave Schmitt, state veterinarian.
Samples from the Iowa turkey flock were tested at Iowa State’s Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory and the USDA’s National Veterinary Services Laboratories in Ames confirmed the findings. The Centers for Disease Control consider the risk to people to be low, whether from wild birds, backyard flocks or commercial poultry. Human infections are rare, and none have been linked to the virus at this time.

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