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Monday, June 8, 2015

Dustin Vande Hoef
515/281-3375 or 515/326-1616 (cell)
or Dustin.VandeHoef@IowaAgriculture.gov

 
 

 

ONE PROBABLE CASE OF HIGHLY PATHOGENIC AVIAN INFLUENZA IN SIOUX COUNTY
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 Sioux 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.

Sioux 18 – Flock that has a variety species and an estimated 3,800 birds that has experienced increased mortality.  Initial testing showed it positive for H5 avian influenza.  Additional confirmatory testing is pending from the APHIS National Veterinary Services Laboratories (NVSL) in Ames.

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.

 

USDA Update

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Incident Response team in Iowa reports that a contractor’s holding area is being relocated to Clay County property near Dickens, Iowa.  The staging area allows for convenient and efficient staging of empty waste (or roll-off) containers and trucks to haul them.  All containers and trucks are cleaned and disinfected before reaching the site. No waste materials from infected farms are held at the site. 

Containers and trucks are decontaminated and washed before leaving an infected farm.  After depositing loads at a landfill or the incinerator location at the Cherokee landfill, trucks and containers are cleaned and disinfected.

More than 50 loads of waste from affected sites were moved to the landfill or incinerator locations on Friday and Saturday.  Empty containers were moved Sunday from a previous staging area in Sheldon to the new location on Sunday, June 7.

USDA has more than 1900 staff and contractors helping respond to the avian influenza situation in Iowa.  All infected turkey flocks have been depopulated and 26.3 million infected commercial layers, representing 86 percent of the birds that have been affected, have been humanely euthanized.

 

Iowa agencies assist in response to Avian Influenza

The Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship, Iowa Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management, Iowa Department of Natural Resources, Iowa Department of Public Health (in conjunction with local public health officials), Iowa Department of Human Services, Iowa Department of Transportation, and Iowa National Guard have all supported the response effort to this disease.  The State Emergency Operations Center remains partially activated to ensure coordination of all state resources. 

 

Background Information

The United States has the strongest Avian Influenza (AI) surveillance program in the world.  As part of the existing USDA avian influenza response plans, Federal and State partners as well as industry are responding quickly and decisively to these outbreaks by following these five basic steps: 1) Quarantine – restricting movement of poultry and poultry-moving equipment into and out of the control area; 2) Eradicate – humanely euthanizing the affected flock(s); 3) Monitor region – testing wild and domestic birds in a broad area around the quarantine area; 4)  Disinfect – kills the virus in the affected flock locations; and 5) Test – confirm that poultry farms in the area are free of the virus.

The Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship in partnership with the Iowa Department of Public Health are working directly with poultry workers at the affected facility to ensure proper precautions are being taken.

These virus strains can travel in wild birds without those birds appearing sick. People should avoid contact with sick/dead poultry or wildlife. If contact occurs, wash your hands with soap and water and change clothing before having any contact with healthy domestic poultry and birds.

All bird owners, whether commercial producers or backyard flock owners, should continue to practice good biosecurity, prevent contact between their birds and wild birds, and report sick birds or unusual bird deaths to state/federal officials, either through their state veterinarian at 515-281-5321 or through USDA’s toll-free number at 1-866-536-7593.

Information will also be posted to the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship’s website at www.iowaagriculture.gov/avianinfluenza.asp.

 

 

 
 
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