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  • Iowa - One probable case of highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) in Wright County

    Tuesday, June 16, 2015
    ONE PROBABLE CASE OF HIGHLY PATHOGENIC AVIAN INFLUENZA IN WRIGHT COUNTY; ALL PREVIOUSLY ANNOUNCED SITES DEPOPULATED
    CDC considers the risk to people to be low

    DES MOINES – The Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship is responding to a probable case of highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) in Wright County. The Department has quarantined the premise and once the presence of the disease is confirmed, all birds on the property will be humanely euthanized to prevent the spread of the disease.

    Wright 6 – Commercial layer with an estimated 1 million birds that has experienced increased mortality. Initial testing showed it positive for H5 avian influenza. Additional confirmatory testing is pending from National Veterinary Services Laboratories (NVSL) located in Ames, which is under the United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS).

    As the Department receives final confirmations of the disease, updated information will be posted to the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship’s website at www.iowaagriculture.gov/avianinfluenza.asp.

    The Center for Disease Control (CDC) and Iowa Department of Public Health considers the risk to people from these HPAI H5 infections in wild birds, backyard flocks and commercial poultry, to be low. No human infections with the virus have ever been detected and there is no food safety risk for consumers.
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    http://www.iowaagriculture.gov/press...ss06162015.asp
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