West Virginia (US) turkeys culled for bird flu
Test results for samples collected from turkeys at a
farm in West Virginia indicated exposure to an H5N2 avian influenza
The samples were collected by an industry group as part of routine,
pre-slaughter surveillance. The turkeys showed no signs of illness and there was
John Clifford stressed, "Every indication is that the virus is consistent with
low pathogenic strains of avian influenza
, or LPAI, which are
commonly found in birds and typically cause only minor sickness or no noticeable
symptoms. We can say for certain this is not the highly pathogenic H5N1
strain." The National Veterinary Services Laboratory
plans to run
sequencing and pathogenicity tests to further identify the virus.
Approximately 25,000 turkeys were depopulated and all poultry operations
within a 6-mile radius of the affected farm will be closely monitored.
Also, because the affected poultry producer participates in the expanded National Poultry
, the USDA will provide 100% indemnity for costs associated
with depopulating the flock.
In keeping with international animal health standards which require
reporting of all H5 and H7 detections, USDA will notify the World Organization for Animal
(OIE) of the West Virginia finding.
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