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Avian Influenza News

March 21, 2017

Penn State avian pathologist Eva Wallner-Pendleton and poultry scientist Gregory Martin discuss recent outbreaks and biosecurity recommendations.

March 11, 2017

Following confirmation of highly pathogenic avian influenza in a commercial poultry operation in southcentral Tennessee, the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture is urging the commonwealth’s poultry producers and backyard poultry enthusiasts to take important steps that can help to protect domestic flocks.

February 24, 2017

Coverage of the Poultry Progress Days/Keystone Pork Expo, where Gregory Martin, poultry science extension educator, and Pa. Department of Agriculture officials discussed avian flu risk.

September 21, 2016

Gregory Martin, poultry science extension educator, says all poultry operations should have a signed biosecurity plan, which will help farmers collect indemnity payments in the event of an avian flu outbreak.

September 20, 2016

In light of a new case of highly pathogenic avian flu in a wild bird in Alaska, Penn State avian pathologist Eva Wallner-Pendleton says it’s important for people to take the ongoing threat seriously and not relax biosecurity.

September 19, 2016

Two years after a deadly form of an avian influenza virus decimated poultry flocks across the United States, Pennsylvania Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding today reminded growers of the importance of maintaining biosecurity practices on their operations.

April 18, 2016

Last year’s outbreaks of highly pathogenic avian flu in the Pacific Northwest and Midwest yielded plenty of lessons for poultry producers. USDA is incorporating those lessons into its planning for the next time it has to indemnify poultry farm owners following an outbreak. Chrislyn Wood, a veterinarian with USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, and Gregory Martin, a Penn State Extension poultry specialist, discussed how that will affect producers’ flock plans at a recent Penn State Poultry Health Seminar.

January 22, 2016

A new outbreak of highly pathogenic avian influenza confirmed this month in the state of Indiana serves as a warning to Pennsylvania poultry producers and small-flock owners that they ignore biosecurity measures at their own risk, according to a poultry specialist in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences.

January 22, 2016

East coast poultry growers dodged the virus last year and they’re on high alert again. An outbreak of highly pathogenic avian influenza in Indiana is the first sign of the bird flu in the United States since June last year.

January 17, 2016

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service has confirmed the pathogenicity of eight of the nine H7N8 avian influenza detections announced on Jan. 16. The turkey flocks have been confirmed as low pathogenic avian influenza, with additional testing ongoing for the ninth flock. These Jan. 16 detections were identified as part of surveillance testing in the control area surrounding the initial highly pathogenic H7N8 avian influenza case in that state, identified on Jan. 15.

January 16, 2016

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service has confirmed the presence of H7 avian influenza in nine flocks in southwestern Indiana. These new cases were identified as part of surveillance testing in the control area surrounding the initial highly pathogenic avian influenza case.

January 15, 2016

The United States Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service has confirmed the presence of highly pathogenic H7N8 avian influenza (HPAI) in a commercial turkey flock in Dubois County, Indiana. This is a different strain of HPAI than the strains that caused the 2015 outbreak. There are no known cases of H7N8 infections in humans.

December 18, 2015

Late fall and winter are considered flu season, but not just for humans. Poultry specialists in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences point out that the threat of avian influenza also is heightened at this time of year.

December 3, 2015

Penn State Extension and PDA released a new video outlining the important steps for poultry owners to create a farm plan that will minimize risks and be prepared for emergencies.

October 30, 2015

Agriculture is the state's number one industry and the poultry industry is a major factor. Earlier this year an avian flu outbreak wiped out millions of birds in the Midwest. If avian flu hits Pennsylvania, the impact will be widespread, from a hike in your grocery bills to the production of next winter’s human flu vaccine, state agriculture officials said. Pennsylvania is among the nation’s top egg producers.

September 23, 2015

More than 48 million turkeys and laying hens in 21 states have died this year following an outbreak of highly pathogenic H5N2 avian influenza. As wild waterfowl, which may carry the virus, begin their autumn migration, Pennsylvania is in the crosshairs, and that has Penn State's Animal Diagnostic Laboratory on high alert.

September 16, 2015

The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) has released a "Checklist for Self-Assessment of Enhanced Poultry Biosecurity" and training materials as part of ongoing preparation efforts for highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI).

August 6, 2015

Information for Pennsylvanians about the biology of Avian Influenza ("Bird Flu") and recent outbreaks.

July 21, 2015

Right now, in the vast prairie pothole region of southern Canada and the United States' upper Midwest, waterfowl are mingling, raising their young and instinctively preparing to migrate, some leaving as early as August. All spring and summer these wild birds have shared aquatic habitats, food supplies, brood-rearing responsibilities and likely something ominous—avian flu.

July 2, 2015

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) has released two updated interagency plans related to the surveillance of avian influenza in wild birds.