Tag: avian flu
The USDA has confirmed the presence of highly pathogenic H7 avian flu virus in a Tennessee flock.
In 2015, a strain of avian influenza resulted in economic losses of more than a billion dollars and led to the death of 50 million chickens and turkeys.
Biosecurity measures on Virginia poultry farms have been important over the past year due to an avian influenza outbreak that started in 2014.
Virginia has been on high alert for avian flu for more than a year now due to cases in other parts of the country.
Dr. Richard Wilkes, State Veterinarian with the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, says that Virginia has not yet seen a case of Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza this year, as have many states in the West and Midwest.
The United States is currently experiencing the most costly and significant avian flu outbreak in U.S. history with the ongoing spread of Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI) that began in December 2014.
An international research team led by Lukas Tamm of the University of Virginia School of Medicine will receive $1.35 million from the Human Frontier Science Program Organization to better understand how the influenza virus passes from birds to humans.
In a new report released June 15, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) said the Avian Influenza (AI) that has devastated some Midwestern farms likely spread by several means – on machinery and workers, by rodents and possibly even by the wind.
Virginia Cooperative Extension is reminding people with backyard chickens and small commercial flocks to remain vigilant to protect their animals from the avian flu.
Virginia’s routine preparedness for avian influenza has taken on increased purpose and vigor this year
Dr. Richard Wilkes, State Veterinarian with the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (VDACS), says that while Virginia has been actively preparing its response to an avian influenza (A.I.) outbreak since 2002, the routine preparedness has taken on some increased purpose and vigor this year.
Virginia officials have urged commercial poultry farmers and backyard flock owners to observe strict biosecurity measures in light of avian influenza outbreaks in the Pacific Northwest, California and Midwestern states.
Dr. Richard Wilkes, State Veterinarian with the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (VDACS), says the good news is that Virginia is not one of the growing number of states with cases of avian influenza (AI) right now. The bad news is that the highly infectious disease is spreading and has entered the Mississippi flyway.