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Nepal has reported firmed an outbreak of severe H5N8 bird flu on a poultry farm in the Koshi region, the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) said on Monday, citing a report from the Nepalese authorities.
The virus killed 3,650 of the 6,200 hens exposed, with the remaining animals culled, the Paris-based OIE said.
Nepal had already reported last month an outbreak of highly pathogenic H5N1 bird flu among backyard chickens and ducks.
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VIET NAM – Viet Nam reported outbreaks of avian flu H5N1 and H5N6 in northern Cao Bang province, the National Institute of Hygiene and Epidemiology (NIHE) said on Monday.
Accordingly, in 34 households in Quoc Toan community, Cao Bang’s Tra Linh district and one household in Cao Bang City’s Song Bang ward, massive deaths of chicken with unknown reason were recorded, the local Tien Phong (Pioneer) newspaper reported.
Local animal health officials took samples and sent them to the NIHE for tests. The test results showed that dead poultry in Tra Linh district were positive with avian influenza H5N1 while those in Cao Bang City were positive with H5N6 strain.
Cao Bang’s authorities have culled a total of 4,015 chicken and 18 doves as well as sterilized poultry cages and surrounding environment in two virus-hit areas.
The province has over 330 km of shared border with China, where avian influenza H7N9 virus is detected.
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Bird flu has been confirmed at a northeast Nebraska farm that was already voluntarily slaughtering its 200,000 chickens.
The Nebraska Department of Agriculture said Tuesday that bird flu has now been confirmed on four farms in the state, up from three.
The new test result doesn’t change the agency’s plan to kill nearly 5 million chickens and quarantine all nearby farms to limit the disease’s spread.
The Dixon County farm where the disease was found recently is one of two where all birds are being slaughtered as a precaution. The company that owns those farms also owns several farms where the disease has been confirmed.
Workers continue to slaughter chickens on the affected farms and have begun sanitizing the facilities.
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After a six-day break with no new bird flu cases, the Iowa Department of Agriculture says another egg-laying chicken farm has tested positive.
A farm in Wright County with 1 million chickens has experienced increased deaths among the flock and a preliminary test indicates the presence of the bird flu virus.
The frequency of new cases has slowed dramatically with no new cases in Minnesota in 11 days. Iowa’s last reported case was June 9. The bird flu has cost Minnesota, the leading turkey producer, 9 million birds. Egg farms in Iowa, the nation’s leading producer, have lost over 25 million laying hens.
State officials say all 76 previously affected farms have removed the 32 million birds that already died or were euthanized. Disposal of the dead birds continues.
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Gaza Agriculture Ministry executed a large number of chickens, having proven case of bird flu in the central Gaza Strip.
The Director General of the veterinary services in the Ministry of agriculture in Gaza, Zakaria Al-kafarna, “the Ministry in the past two days to cull infected chickens 8500 bird flu on three farms located in the area of Deir al-Balah and Nusseirat (Gaza Strip).
Kafarna stressed Sunday that “chicken cull came after completion of all the procedures and medical tests that proved his disease.”
And because of the emergence of this disease, said that after research and analysis show that the farms affected by the flu, located beside the farm ducks transferred infections. “
The ducks that contracted the disease won’t show symptoms also occur in chickens is dangerous, for all citizens, breeders of ducks and chickens do not mix them together, and disposal or slaughter their birds ducks for possible infection that would not appear to hurt.
He called Al-kafarna government compliance and Ministry in Ramallah to communicate with the Ministry in Gaza, and to put an end to this disease before it spreads, noting his Ministry in Gaza operate less possibilities in the absence of an operational budget, and it’s in dire need of assistance and the requirements of combating this disease at its beginnings.
He called on citizens and farm owners to notify the Ministry immediately if you suspect or show symptoms of the disease on the birds until they are dealt with in accordance with established procedures, adding that the Ministry was working with crews all existing potential in the fight against any appearance of the disease.
And called on the Government to intervene and the announcement put financial compensation for farm owners that may become infected and thus execute, so plantation owners are encouraged to report any injury or symptoms.
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Two more cases of bird flu have been found at Iowa turkey farms.
The Iowa Agriculture Department announced Monday that the avian influenza had been confirmed at a farm in Hamilton County with 36,000 turkeys and that a preliminary test for the disease was positive at a Calhoun County farm with 21,000 birds. A federal lab in Ames will test the Calhoun County samples.
Once the flu is confirmed at a farm, all the birds are euthanized.
The Agriculture Department says the virus has infected poultry at farms with more than 26 million birds.
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Another turkey farm in South Dakota has tested positive for bird flu.
South Dakota State Veterinarian Dustin Oedekoven says a Moody County operation of about 50,000 birds has a presumptive positive test for avian influenza.
This latest farm brings to 10 the number of affected operations in South Dakota. In total there have been more than 1.7 million birds affected in the state.
Oedekoven says they’re still waiting to learn whether the farm is affected with the H5N2 strain that’s swept through the Midwest.
Crews will soon begin euthanizing the birds to prevent the spread of the virus.
It’s been about two weeks since the state has had a confirmed case of bird flu. Oedekoven says cases are still popping up in the region, but are becoming less frequent.
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A second case of bird flu was announced Tuesday in central Iowa, with an egg-laying operation in Adair County, housing 975,000 hens, believed to be infected, the Iowa Department of Agriculture said.
The first outbreak in central Iowa was at Rose Acre Farms, a Winterset commercial egg-laying facility with 1.5 million chickens that was infected earlier this month.
An egg-laying operation with 160,000 hens in Webster County also is likely infected, the state agency said Tuesday. The new cases pushes the number of birds killed by or destroyed to contain the disease to 26.7 million. The estimate has changed as officials determine how many birds are infected.
The news comes as southwest Iowa residents voice concerns about a private landfill’s decision to accept some of the millions of birds stricken with H5N2.
A photo floating around Facebook showed a dead bird, supposedly laying on the road to a private landfill in Mills County. “Where’s the bag” designed to kill and contain the virus, asks the poster.
But the photo is a prank, said Sheri Bowen, the Mills County public health administrator, appointed to field bird flu questions.
No birds killed or destroyed by H5N2 have been trucked 200-some miles from northwest Iowa, heavily hit by the disease, to the southwest Iowa landfill that has agreed to take some of them, she said.
Iowa Waste System’s decision to accept birds killed by the virus or destroyed to contain it has been controversial. And fears are high.
A public meeting was planned Tuesday night in Malvern. Bowen said it’s important that area residents have a chance to get their questions answered by county, state and federal officials as well as landfill representatives. “We understand that folks have concerns,” she said. “We want them to have accurate information.”
Rain has delayed construction of roads, decontamination areas and other special measures the landfill must take to dispose of the birds, Bowen said. The earliest the landfill could accept the birds is Thursday. “We don’t even know if it will happen then,” she said.
State and federal officials have urged Iowa landfills to help dispose of the dead birds.
Another landfill, Northwest Iowa Area Solid Waste Agency near Sheldon, has agreed to take the birds.
In addition to landfilling, producers are composting and burying the dead birds on site, and the birds are being incinerated. But officials say they also need to landfill the birds in order to deal with a record number of birds infected by the outbreak.
Producers Saturday described weeks-long delays in disposing of the birds as the U.S. Department of Agriculture worked to find landfills willing to accept the birds. Additionally, USDA had to work out protocols to ensure the birds could be safely transported and landfilled.
Protocols include using special Bio-Zip bags for each bird to contain and kill the virus, disinfecting trucks, special routes and landfilling practices that include segregation of the birds from other waste and immediately covering them once they’re landfilled.
Officials have stressed the risk to humans from H5N2 is low. No human infections have been detected and there are no food safety risks for the consumer.
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The bird flu has struck another Rembrandt Enterprises farm, marking the state’s single largest outbreak of the deadly virus. Two million egg-laying chickens will be destroyed over the next four weeks at the company’s Renville operation, officials said Saturday.
One barn holding around 200,000 birds was infected, but the entire flock will be killed as a precaution.
Chickens at the farm have tested “presumptive positive” for the disease “despite the herculean efforts of Rembrandt’s employees to keep our facilities virus-fee,” said Jonathan Spurway, the company’s vice president of marketing.
Rembrandt Enterprises, one of the nation’s largest egg producers, suffered an outbreak in its Rembrandt, Iowa, facility May 1, contaminating one barn housing about 250,000 hens. Its third plant, in Thompson, Iowa, has not been affected.
“We’re doing everything we possibly can [to protect flocks], and we don’t know of anyone who’s doing anything we’re not already doing,” Spurway said. “The industry is lost for words.”
Spurway said it’s too early to tell if the outbreak will affect staffing at the farm.
Minnesota businessman Glen Taylor owns Rembrandt, as well as the Minnesota Timberwolves and the Star Tribune in Minneapolis.
As of Friday, the number of afflicted Minnesota farms had risen to 88, affecting 21 different counties, according to the Minnesota Board of Animal Health.
The agency announced Friday the cancellation of all exhibits featuring birds at the Minnesota State Fair this year to stem the spread of the H5N2 virus.
The directive also prohibits exhibitions at county fairs, swap meets, petting zoos and sales.
The ultimate source of the bird flu is believed to be wild waterfowl, but health experts are puzzled as to how exactly it’s creeping into enclosed barns.
While it is deadly to poultry, the bird flu poses a low risk to human health.
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The bird flu outbreak has spread into northeast Nebraska. Now, officials are planning to kill 1.7 million chickens on an egg farm in Dixon County.
The USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service said Tuesday that the presence of the illness on the farm as first one in Nebraska.
Bird flu is already widespread in Iowa, where more than 26 million chickens have been lost. Officials routinely destroy the entire flock when the disease is found to limit its spread.
The Agriculture Department says the bird flu doesn’t represent a significant health risk to humans, and no human infections have been found.
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