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    Neb. poultry banned in four countries after bird flu found

    Associated Press - August 8, 2007 4:45 PM ET

    LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) - Four countries have temporarily banned the import of Nebraska poultry after a turkey flock in Seward County tested positive for a mild strain of bird flu.

    Deputy state veterinarian Del Wilmot says the flock shows no sign of illness and is being prepared for processing
    .

    The U.S. Department of Agriculture and industry groups have said no human cases of bird flu have ever been traced to eating properly cooked poultry or eggs.

    But officials in Japan, Russia, the Philippines and Turkey are taking no chances. Wilmot says those countries have banned all poultry and related products like eggs from Nebraska.

    The Philippines agriculture secretary Arthur Yap said yesterday that the ban is necessary to keep humans and birds in the Asian country free of bird flu.

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    Re: Nebraska poultry banned in four countries after mild strain of bird flu found

    Neb. poultry with bird flu headed to food supply

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    Associated Press - August 8, 2007 4:55 PM ET

    LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) - Agriculture officials say they have no concerns about sending turkeys that carry a mild strain of bird flu into the food supply.

    A flock of turkeys in Seward County tested positive for the disease, prompting four countries to temporarily ban the import of Nebraska poultry.

    Deputy state veterinarian Del Wilmot says the flock shows no sign of illness and is being prepared for processing.

    Karen Eggert is with the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service. She explains that the turkeys tested positive for the antibodies that indicate a possible exposure to bird flu. That doesn't mean they carry the virus.

    Eggert notes that humans cannot get sick from poultry that carries bird flu if it is cooked to the USDA's minimum internal temperature recommendation of 165 degrees.

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    • #3
      Re: Nebraska poultry banned in four countries after mild strain of bird flu found

      Nebraska poultry barred by four countries

      http://www.fremontneb.com/articles/2.../d8qt2ego0.txt

      By TIMBERLY ROSS
      LINCOLN, Neb. - Four countries have temporarily banned the import of Nebraska poultry after a turkey flock in Seward County tested positive for a mild strain of bird flu.

      Deputy state veterinarian Del Wilmot said Wednesday that the flock shows no sign of illness and was being prepared for slaughter and entry into the food supply.

      The U.S. Department of Agriculture and trade groups for the poultry industry have said no human cases of bird flu have ever been traced to eating properly cooked poultry or eggs.

      But officials in Japan, Russia, Turkey and the Philippines are taking no chances. Wilmot said those countries have barred all poultry and related products, such as eggs, coming from Nebraska.

      "This ban and other emergency measures were necessary to protect human health and the poultry industry in the Philippines," Arthur Yap, agriculture secretary for the Asian country, said in a news release issued Tuesday.

      Yap ordered inspectors at the country's major airports and seaports to confiscate all poultry shipments from Nebraska and Virginia, which last month faced a domestic band on live poultry sales after 54,000 turkeys tested positive for avian flu antibodies.

      The Philippines is among three countries in Asia _ the area with the greatest number human cases _ to remain free of bird flu since 2003.

      "The restrictions these countries have placed have absolutely nothing to do with science," said Toby Moore, a spokesman for the USA Poultry and Egg Export Council.

      Karen Eggert, with the USDA's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, said the department has no qualms about sending the Seward County turkeys into the food supply. She explained that the turkeys tested positive for the presence of antibodies that indicate a possible prior exposure to an H5N1 avian influenza virus that does not pose a threat to humans.

      She noted that humans cannot get sick from poultry that carries bird flu if it is cooked to the USDA's minimum internal temperature recommendation of 165 degrees.

      The flock's positive results came back in June, when the Nebraska Department of Agriculture administered its routine testing for the disease, said state veterinarian Wilmot. How those birds contracted the disease was not known, but Wilmot said it could have been from contact with waterfowl, which often carry a form of bird flu.

      "When all these birds are off the farm and the place is clean and disinfected, we'll notify the USDA," said Wilmot.

      As part of international trade agreements, the USDA notifies foreign countries of the presence of bird flu _ and its absence. Once the all-clear notification goes out, the ban will likely be lifted.

      In the Nebraska, the poultry industry is estimated to account for $1.35 billion of the state's economy each year. It was not known Wednesday what impact the temporary bans will have.

      Mark Witmer, a spokesman for Micheals Foods, a Minnetonka, Minn.-based company that has an egg processing facility in Wakefield, said Wednesday that he didn't know about the bans and hadn't noticed any effect on the business.

      The H5N1 virus has killed at least 192 people worldwide since 2003, according to the World Health Organization.

      It remains hard for humans to catch, but experts fear it could mutate into a form that spreads easily among people, potentially sparking a global pandemic. So far, most human cases have been traced to contact with infected birds.

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        Re: Nebraska poultry banned in four countries after mild strain of bird flu found

        Originally posted by AnneZ View Post
        Nebraska poultry barred by four countries

        http://www.fremontneb.com/articles/2.../d8qt2ego0.txt


        The flock's positive results came back in June, when the Nebraska Department of Agriculture administered its routine testing for the disease, said state veterinarian Wilmot. How those birds contracted the disease was not known, but Wilmot said it could have been from contact with waterfowl, which often carry a form of bird flu.
        June to August is a long time.

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        • #5
          Re: Nebraska poultry banned in four countries after mild strain of bird flu found

          Originally posted by niman View Post
          June to August is a long time.
          Transparency time lag?

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          • #6
            Re: Nebraska poultry banned in four countries after mild strain of bird flu found

            Originally posted by AnneZ View Post
            Transparency time lag?
            These sound much like the turkeys in Virginia, which was at about the same time, but reported a month ago.

            Everntually LPAI H5N1 was isolated (but only the sequence of the cleavage site has been released).

            H5 however, is a reportable disease and no OIE report has been filed on the Nebraska turkeys.

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              Re: Nebraska poultry banned in four countries after mild strain of bird flu found

              Originally posted by niman View Post
              H5 however, is a reportable disease and no OIE report has been filed on the Nebraska turkeys.
              Indicating it is not H5 or there is a missing report. Missing report is very unlikely.

              As you say sounds like Virginia

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                Re: Nebraska poultry banned in four countries after mild strain of bird flu found

                Nebraska poultry barred by four countries
                » Nebraska poultry barred by four countries «

                Aug 8, 2007 4:34 PM (

                LINCOLN, Neb. (Map, News) - Four countries have temporarily banned the import of Nebraska poultry after a turkey flock in Seward County tested positive for a mild strain of bird flu.
                Deputy state veterinarian Del Wilmot said Wednesday that the flock shows no sign of illness and was being prepared for slaughter and entry into the food supply.
                The U.S. Department of Agriculture and trade groups for the poultry industry have said no human cases of bird flu have ever been traced to eating properly cooked poultry or eggs.
                But officials in Japan, Russia, Turkey and the Philippines are taking no chances. Wilmot said those countries have barred all poultry and related products, such as eggs, coming from Nebraska.
                "This ban and other emergency measures were necessary to protect human health and the poultry industry in the Philippines," Arthur Yap, agriculture secretary for the Asian country, said in a news release issued Tuesday.
                Yap ordered inspectors at the country's major airports and seaports to confiscate all poultry shipments from Nebraska and Virginia, which last month faced a domestic band on live poultry sales after 54,000 turkeys tested positive for avian flu antibodies.
                The Philippines is among three countries in Asia - the area with the greatest number human cases - to remain free of bird flu since 2003.
                "The restrictions these countries have placed have absolutely nothing to do with science," said Toby Moore, a spokesman for the USA Poultry and Egg Export Council.
                Karen Eggert, with the USDA's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, said the department has no qualms about sending the Seward County turkeys into the food supply. She explained that the turkeys tested positive for the presence of antibodies that indicate a possible prior exposure to an H5N1 avian influenza virus that does not pose a threat to humans.
                She noted that humans cannot get sick from poultry that carries bird flu if it is cooked to the USDA's minimum internal temperature recommendation of 165 degrees.
                The flock's positive results came back in June, when the Nebraska Department of Agriculture administered its routine testing for the disease, said state veterinarian Wilmot. How those birds contracted the disease was not known, but Wilmot said it could have been from contact with waterfowl, which often carry a form of bird flu.
                "When all these birds are off the farm and the place is clean and disinfected, we'll notify the USDA," said Wilmot.
                As part of international trade agreements, the USDA notifies foreign countries of the presence of bird flu - and its absence. Once the all-clear notification goes out, the ban will likely be lifted.
                In the Nebraska, the poultry industry is estimated to account for $1.35 billion of the state's economy each year. It was not known Wednesday what impact the temporary bans will have.
                Mark Witmer, a spokesman for Micheals Foods, a Minnetonka, Minn.-based company that has an egg processing facility in Wakefield, said Wednesday that he didn't know about the bans and hadn't noticed any effect on the business.

                The H5N1 virus has killed at least 192 people worldwide since 2003, according to the World Health Organization.
                It remains hard for humans to catch, but experts fear it could mutate into a form that spreads easily among people, potentially sparking a global pandemic. So far, most human cases have been traced to contact with infected birds
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                http://www.examiner.com/a-871347~Neb...countries.html
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                  Re: Nebraska poultry banned in four countries after mild strain of bird flu found

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                  LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) - Agriculture officials say they have no concerns about sending turkeys that carry a mild strain of bird flu into the food supply.
                  A flock of turkeys in Seward County tested positive for the disease, prompting four countries to temporarily ban the import of Nebraska poultry.
                  Deputy state veterinarian Del Wilmot says the flock shows no sign of illness and is being prepared for processing.
                  Karen Eggert is with the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service. She explains that the turkeys tested positive for the antibodies that indicate a possible exposure to bird flu. That doesn't mean they carry the virus.
                  Eggert notes that humans cannot get sick from poultry that carries bird flu if it is cooked to the USDA's minimum internal temperature recommendation of 165 degrees. http://www.kotatv.com/Global/story.a...&nav=menu411_2

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                    Re: Nebraska poultry banned in four countries after mild strain of bird flu found

                    Originally posted by AnneZ View Post
                    Indicating it is not H5 or there is a missing report. Missing report is very unlikely.

                    As you say sounds like Virginia
                    Wire services say H5N1.

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                    • #11
                      Re: Nebraska poultry banned in four countries after mild strain of bird flu found

                      Originally posted by niman View Post
                      Wire services say H5N1.
                      Yes.


                      H5 is notifiable. Does that mean there has to be an OIE report or is it notified in some other way.

                      OIE reports http://www.oie.int/downld/avian&#37;20in.../A_AI-Asia.htm
                      Last edited by Sally Furniss; August 8th, 2007, 06:35 PM. Reason: link

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                      • #12
                        Re: Nebraska poultry banned in four countries after mild strain of bird flu found

                        RP bans poultry products from 2 US states due to avian flu

                        http://www.asianjournal.com/?c=186&a=22076

                        MANILA, Philippines -- Agriculture Secretary Arthur Yap has ordered a temporary ban on all imports of domestic and wild birds from Virginia and Nebraska in the US, after American authorities confirmed the presence of avian influenza in the two states.

                        Yap justified the ban and said this was necessary to protect the health of the people and the poultry industry in the country, which has so far managed to be free of the bird flu.

                        "I have ordered DA quarantine officers and inspectors at all major airports and seaports to stop and confiscate all shipments of live birds, poultry and poultry products into the country originating from Nebraska and Virginia," he said in a statement.

                        The Philippines, Brunei and Singapore are the only three avian flu-free countries in Southeast Asia.

                        Dr. John Clifford, deputy administrator of the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service of the US Department of Agriculture, submitted a report on July 23 to the Animal Health Organization on the presence of low pathogenic strains of avian influenza H5N1 in Virginia and H7N9 in Nebraska.

                        The ban covers all "domestic and wild birds and their products, including day-old chicks, eggs and semen," according to Yap.

                        The agriculture secretary ordered the immediate suspension of the issuance of Veterinary Quarantine Clearances to all imports covering these products from Togolese Republic in West Africa.

                        The DA earlier imposed a similar ban on all live bird and poultry imports from Korea, the United Kingdom and Japan after the bird flu virus was detected in these countries.

                        The ban on poultry products from Japan has been lifted since May after the Bureau of Animal Industry said that the risk of AI contamination from bird and poultry products originating from this country was negligible.

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                          Re: Nebraska poultry banned in four countries after mild strain of bird flu found

                          Nebraska is H7N9

                          Originally posted by AnneZ View Post
                          Dr. John Clifford, deputy administrator of the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service of the US Department of Agriculture, submitted a report on July 23 to the Animal Health Organization on the presence of low pathogenic strains of avian influenza H5N1 in Virginia and H7N9 in Nebraska..
                          Last edited by Sally Furniss; August 8th, 2007, 07:12 PM. Reason: typo ;)

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                          • #14
                            Re: Nebraska poultry banned in four countries after mild strain of bird flu found

                            Originally posted by AnneZ View Post
                            Nebraska is H7N9
                            So this is a reporter error?

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                            Karen Eggert, with the USDA's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, said the department has no qualms about sending the Seward County turkeys into the food supply. She explained that the turkeys tested positive for the presence of antibodies that indicate a possible prior exposure to an H5N1 avian influenza virus that does not pose a threat to humans.

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                              Re: Nebraska poultry banned in four countries after mild strain of bird flu found

                              7/24/2007
                              http://hygimia69.blogspot.com/2007/0...immediate.html

                              [In this post: (1) OIE Immediate Notification Report: USA, LPAI H7N9; (2) Vietnam. See original texts at the source sites. EDITED.]
                              (1) [USA, OIE, UPDATES, POULTRY, A/H7N9 LPAI] Low pathogenic avian influenza (poultry), United States of America Information received on 23/07/2007 from Dr John Clifford, Deputy Administrator, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, United States Department of Agriculture, Washington, United States of America
                              -
                              Summary
                              Report type Immediate notification Start date 25/06/2007 Date of confirmation of event 19/07/2007
                              Report date 23/07/2007 Date submitted to OIE 23/07/2007
                              Reason for notification Reoccurrence of a listed disease
                              Date of previous occurrence 03/04/2007
                              Manifestation of disease Sub-clinical infection
                              Causal agent Low pathogenic avian influenza virus - Serotype H7N9 Nature of diagnosis Laboratory (basic), Laboratory (advanced)
                              Report pertains to Entire country
                              -
                              New outbreaks
                              Outbreak 1 - Seward County, Seward, NEBRASKA
                              Date of start of outbreak 25/06/2007
                              Outbreak status Continuing (or date resolved not submitted)
                              Epidemiological unit Farm
                              Affected animals
                              (Species - Susceptible - Cases - Deaths - Destroyed - Slaughtered)
                              * Birds - 144000 - 0 - 0 - 0 - 45000
                              Affected population
                              • A commercial turkey flock in Seward County, Nebraska, on routine active slaughter surveillance as part of the National Poultry Improvement Plan (NPIP) Avian Influenza Clean Program (H5 and H7) was confirmed by the National Veterinary Services Laboratory (NVSL) to have a serological detection of exposure to H7N9 avian influenza virus. Additional testing indicated no virus presence.
                              • No clinical signs of disease in the turkey flock prior to movement to slaughter and the turkeys passed ante-mortem inspection at a Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) inspected slaughter establishment in Nebraska.
                              • Enhanced surveillance on the farm was implemented according to the Nebraska LPAI Response Plan, including dead bird surveillance. On 19 July, the NVSL reported that virus isolation was positive for avian influenza virus subtype H7N9. The sample was taken from young replacement turkeys that remained on the farm following the initial incident. These young replacement turkeys had previously tested negative for avian influenza.
                              -
                              Summary of outbreaks Total outbreaks: 1
                              Outbreak statistics
                              (Species - Apparent morbidity rate - Apparent mortality rate - Apparent case fatality rate - Proportion susceptible removed*)
                              * Birds - 0.00&#37; - 0.00% - ... - 31.25%
                              * Removed from the susceptible population either through death, destruction or slaughter
                              -
                              Epidemiology
                              Source of infection
                              * Unknown or inconclusive
                              Epidemiological comments
                              • On 25 June 2007, the Nebraska University Diagnostic Center (NE-UDC) reported obtaining positive serology in the turkey flock (by AGID and ELISA testing) from samples taken on routine slaughter surveillance. These samples were forwarded to NVSL for confirmation.
                              • There were no clinical signs of disease in the turkey flock prior to their movement to slaughter. The samples that were taken were routine samples taken at slaughter under the national monitoring program for notifiable avian influenza. The birds passed ante- and post- mortem inspection at a federal Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) inspected establishment in Nebraska.
                              • State animal health officials placed a quarantine order on the premises and implemented the LPAI response plan. Swab samples were obtained and forwarded to NVSL.
                              • On 29 June 2007, the NVSL reported that avian influenza matrix rRT-PCR test was negative, and that the H5 and H7 specific rRT-PCR tests were also negative.
                              • With negative rRT-PCR antigen test results, the flock of 45,000 market-age turkeys were eligible for controlled marketing as determined by State and Federal animal health authorities.
                              • The turkeys not ready to be moved to slaughter (they were too young) were tested. On 13 July 2007, tracheal swabs gave positive results on the matrix PCR at the Nebraska University Diagnostic Center (NE-UDC). On 16 July 2007, these were confirmed by NVSL as positive on the matrix PCR, but H5/H7 negative.
                              • There are no other commercial facilities within a 10 Km radius of the index farm.
                              • All backyard flocks within a 5 Km radius of the index farm have been quarantined and tested. All tests have been negative (by PCR and/or serology).
                              -
                              Control measures
                              Measures already applied
                              * Movement control inside the country
                              * Screening
                              * Quarantine
                              * Vaccination prohibited
                              * No treatment of affected animals
                              Measures to be applied
                              * None specified
                              -
                              Diagnostic test results
                              Laboratory name and type - Nebraska University Diagnostic Center (NE-UDC) (Local laboratory)
                              Tests and results
                              (Species - Test - Test date - Result)
                              * Birds - agar-gel immunodiffusion (AGID) - 25/06/2007 - Positive
                              Laboratory name and type - NE-UDC (Local laboratory)
                              Tests and results
                              (Species - Test - Test date - Result)
                              * Birds - enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA) - 25/06/2007 - Positive
                              * Birds - real-time reverse transcriptase/polymerase chain reaction (RRT-PCR) - 13/07/2007 - Positive
                              Laboratory name and type - National Veterinary Services Laboratory (NVSL) (National laboratory)
                              Tests and results
                              (Species - Test - Test date - Result)
                              * Birds - neuraminidase inhibition assay - 28/06/2007 - Positive
                              Laboratory name and type - NVSL (National laboratory)
                              Tests and results
                              (Species - Test - Test date - Result)
                              * Birds - haemagglutination inhibition test (HIT) - 28/06/2007 - Positive
                              * Birds - real-time reverse transcriptase/polymerase chain reaction (RRT-PCR) - 29/06/2007 - Negative
                              * Birds - real-time reverse transcriptase/polymerase chain reaction (RRT-PCR) - 16/07/2007 - Positive
                              * Birds - virus isolation - 29/06/2007 - Negative
                              * Birds - virus isolation - 19/07/2007 - Positive
                              Last edited by Sally Furniss; August 9th, 2007, 12:37 AM. Reason: add date of blog entry

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