Avian flu found in Daviess County commercial turkey flock
The Indiana Board of Health has set up a 10-kilometer control area in Daviess County after a commercial turkey farm tested positive for highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI).
The flock of 13,071 birds marks the first positive commercial flock in Indiana in more than a year. The control area is isolated to Daviess County and includes 45 commercial flocks and 48 hobby/backyard flocks.
A 20-kilometer surveillance zone, which encompasses 56 commercial flocks, has been established and includes portions of Daviess, Martin and Greene counties.
Since February 2022, Indiana has had 11 commercial poultry flocks (ducks and turkeys) and six small/hobby flocks (mixed species) test positive for HPAI in seven counties. (One additional commercial turkey flock was depopulated as a “dangerous contact” to diagnosed flock.) All commercial sites have been cleared to restock at the owner’s discretion.
The influenza virus has continued to be active throughout parts of the United States. HPAI has been identified on more than 1000 premises in 47 states since February 2022. Wild birds infected with HPAI have been found from coast to coast in various species, including waterfowl (ducks, swans, geese, gulls, etc.), raptors (hawks and eagles), as well as other common species (American robin, common raven, wild turkey).
The current, ongoing HPAI event is the United States’ largest animal health emergency in history.
As part of existing avian influenza response plans, federal and state partners are working jointly on additional surveillance and testing in areas around the affected flocks. The United States has the strongest avian influenza surveillance program in the world, and USDA is actively working with its partners to look for the disease in commercial poultry operations, live bird markets and in migratory wild bird populations.
NON-COMMERCIAL FLOCK SURVEILLANCE: Testing of nearby flocks is important to verify the virus has not spread in the area. BOAH staff will be reaching out to flock owners within the control area to offer testing. WILD BIRD SURVEILLANCE: USDA Wildlife Services and Indiana Department of Natural Resources are assisting with surveillance of wild birds in and near the control areas. Detections of highly pathogenic avian influenza in wild birds can be found online HERE.
Health & Food Safety: Avian influenza does not present a food safety risk; poultry and eggs are safe to eat. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) considers the risk to human health to be very low. Human health agencies will be monitoring workers and others in contact with birds to monitor for influenza-like illness.
Reporting Sick Poultry: Hobby poultry owners are encouraged to be aware of the signs of avian influenza and report illness and/or death to the USDA Healthy Birds Hotline: 866-536-7593. Callers will be routed to a state or federal veterinarian in Indiana for a case assessment. Dead birds should be double-bagged and refrigerated for possible testing. Signs include: sudden death without clinical signs; lack of energy or appetite; decreased egg production; soft-shelled or misshapen eggs; swelling or purple discoloration of head, eyelids, comb, hocks; nasal discharge; coughing; sneezing; lack of coordination; and diarrhea. A great resource for backyard bird health information is online here.
Reporting Sick Wild Birds: Report sick or dead wild birds through DNR’s online sick and dead wildlife reporting system