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  • Texas: Avian flu in backyard birds and poultry 2024

    Source: https://www.myhighplains.com/news/lo...-county-flock/

    Officials confirm case of highly pathogenic avian influenza in Carson County flock
    by: Erin Rosas, Caden Keenan
    Posted: Jan 3, 2024 / 11:42 AM CST
    Updated: Jan 3, 2024 / 11:44 AM CST


    CARSON COUNTY, Texas (KAMR/KCIT) — Officials with the Texas Animal Health Commission confirmed that a case of “highly pathogenic avian influenza” (HPAI) was recently found in a non-commercial backyard flock in Carson County.

    As detailed by the TAHC website, avian flu may cause illness in domestic poultry, fowl and birds, with migratory waterfowl considered a “natural reservoir” for the disease. In 2023, as previously reported on MyHighPlains.com, the ongoing outbreak of avian flu has impacted chicken farms and commercial and domestic flocks across the country...


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    Moore County, Texas

    /https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Moore_County,_Texas


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    Texas Animal Health Commission


    For Immediate Release
    March 15, 2024


    Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza Detected in Moore County Birds

    AUSTIN, TX – The Texas Animal Health Commission (TAHC) and the United States Department of Agriculture’s
    (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) confirmed the presence of highly pathogenic avian
    influenza (HPAI) in a non-commercial mixed species backyard flock (non-poultry) in Moore County, Texas. This
    is the first confirmed case of HPAI in Texas this year.


    Following the observation of sick birds and bird deaths in the flock, samples were tested at the Texas A&M
    Veterinary Medical Diagnostic Laboratory and confirmed at the APHIS National Veterinary Services
    Laboratories in Ames, Iowa on March 11, 2024.

    The TAHC is working closely with federal animal health officials on a joint incident response. State officials
    quarantined the affected premises, and as part of existing avian influenza response plans, federal and state
    partners are working jointly to conduct surveillance in areas around the affected flock.

    According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the public health risk associated with
    these avian influenza detections remains low. As a reminder, the proper handling and cooking of all poultry
    and eggs to an internal temperature of 165˚F is recommended as a general food safety precaution.
    “The first 2024 HPAI case in Texas is a big reminder for all poultry producers, including backyard hobby
    farmers, large commercial industry, exhibition poultry folks, and everyone in between, to review your
    operation’s biosecurity activities, develop enhanced plans, and implement measures to keep flocks healthy,”
    said Dr. Bud Dinges, TAHC executive director and state veterinarian.


    "Safety and security don't just happen, they are the result of collective consensus and public investment. We owe our children, the most vulnerable citizens in our society, a life free of violence and fear."
    -Nelson Mandela

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      Deaf Smith County
      /https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Deaf_Smith_County,_Texas


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      Positive Cases of HPAI in Texas

      County & Flock # Date Confirmed Positive Type of Operation Flock Inventory Status


      Deaf Smith 01 3/21/2024 Backyard, non-commercial flock (non-poultry) 15 Under Quarantine
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      https://www.tahc.texas.gov/emergency...html#situation
      "Safety and security don't just happen, they are the result of collective consensus and public investment. We owe our children, the most vulnerable citizens in our society, a life free of violence and fear."
      -Nelson Mandela

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        Parmer County, Texas
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        COMMISSIONER MILLER CONFIRMS CAL-MAINE FOOD’S TEXAS POULTRY FACILITY TESTS POSITIVE FOR HPAI (4/2/2024)



        AUSTINToday, Texas Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller confirmed the Cal-Maine Foods, Inc. poultry facility in Farwell, Texas has received official notice of a positive test for H1N5. Due to United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) guidance for poultry infections, Cal-Maine will be required to depopulate 1.6 million laying hens and 337,000 pullets at their Farwell facility. This accounts for approximately 3.6% of the company's total flock as of March 2, 2024. Production at the facility has temporarily ceased as the Cal-Maine Foods, Inc. initiates protocols prescribed by the USDA.

        "This is absolutely devastating news for Cal-Maine and the entire Panhandle region which has already suffered so much already," Commissioner Miller said “Given this latest development, all producers must practice heightened biosecurity measures. The rapid spread of this virus means we must act quickly."

        This news comes after the Center for Disease Control (CDC) confirmed a positive test of H5N1, a form of highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI), in a Texas dairy worker who had direct contact with cattle suspected of being infected. The individual became ill after interacting with cattle believed to be carrying the virus, exhibiting conjunctivitis as the primary symptom. This marks the second human case of H5N1 flu in the United States and the first associated with exposure to cattle, according to the CDC.

        Yesterday, USDA confirmed five new H5N1 cases in dairy facilities, now totaling eleven across five states. HPAI has been found in dairy herds in Texas (7), Kansas (2), Michigan (1), and New Mexico (1). The presumptive positive test result from Idaho is still pending. Commissioner Miller said the Texas Department of Agriculture (TDA) will continue monitoring and providing guidance to producers and Texas consumers.

        Commissioner Miller said consumers should be assured that rigorous safety measures and pasteurization protocols ensure that dairy products remain unaffected by HPAI. Dairies are required to destroy or divert milk from any sick cows.

        The CDC has assured the public that the current health risk assessment for the U.S. general population remains low. However, individuals with close or prolonged, unprotected exposures to H5N1 are at higher risk of infection.

        “The current risk to the public remains minimal,” Commissioner Miller emphasized. "It is important for us as an industry to maintain a high level of vigilance. State and national agencies will continue to provide updated guidance as developments warrant."

        Cattle impacted by HPAI exhibit flu-like symptoms including fever and thick and discolored milk accompanied by a sharp reduction in milk production averaging between 10-30 pounds per infected cow. It is vital that dairy facilities nationwide practice heightened biosecurity measures to mitigate further spread.

        Poultry may have no signs at all, mild respiratory signs like nasal discharge or sneezing, decreased feed consumption, ruffled feathers, and decreased egg production.

        “Producers need to work with us and report cases right away,” added Commissioner Miller. “Transparency is going to be key to navigating and mitigating this outbreak. I encourage producers to work with state and national officials to report any symptomatic animals as soon as you identify them.”

        Farmers are asked to notify their veterinarian if they suspect any animals are displaying symptoms of this condition.

        For answers to frequently asked questions, the USDA has an FAQ sheet here.

        For updated guidance as of March 27th, 2024, from the CDC click here.

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        AUSTIN – Today, Texas Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller confirmed the Cal-Maine Foods, Inc. poultry facility in Farwell, Texas has received official notice of a positive test for H5N1. Due to United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) guidance for poultry infections, Cal-Maine will be required to depopulate 1.6 million laying hens and 337,000 pullets at their Farwell facility. This accounts for approximately 3.6% of the company's total flock as of March 2, 2024. Production at the facility has temporarily ceased as the Cal-Maine Foods, Inc. initiates protocols prescribed by the USDA. 
        "Safety and security don't just happen, they are the result of collective consensus and public investment. We owe our children, the most vulnerable citizens in our society, a life free of violence and fear."
        -Nelson Mandela

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