Tag: avian influenza

Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services

Virginia on high alert for highly pathogenic avian influenza

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.


USDA report: Biosecurity critical in preventing spread of avian influenza

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.


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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.


Poultry farms taking steps to prevent avian influenza

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.


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State needs to observe strict biosecurity in light of avian Influenza outbreaks in U.S.

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.