High-Path AI Updates

High-Path AI Updates

South Carolina Poultry Small Flock / Business Flock Disease Alerts Dear Small Flocks -- Here are some High-Path Avian Influenza updates -- I took a week off for spring break -- however, Avian Influenza did not! This outbreak continues in both commercial and backyard flocks in the U.S. Keep up the good work of keeping your flock separated from wild ducks and geese and their watery environments and following biosecurity practices. See #scprotectyourflocks #defendtheflock to get biosecurity information. USDA Listings: 2022 Poultry detections for High-Path AI H5N1: Additional cases of High Path Avian Influenza since April 9 in -- CO, ID, IN, IA, KS, MI, MN, MT, NE, NC, ND, PA, SD, UT, WI Since Feb. (29) States effected -- CO, CT, DE, ID, IL, IN, IA, KS, KY, MA, ME, MD, MI, MN, MO, MT, NC, ND, NE, NH, NY, OH, PA, SD, TX, UT, VA, WI, WY

  • States = 29

  • Number of commercial flocks = 150

  • Number of backyard flocks = 79

  • Commercial broilers/breeders = 12

  • Commercial turkeys/breeders = 112

  • Commercial egg layers/pullets/breeders = 19

  • Commercial mix flock = 3

  • Commercial upland game bird flock = 2

  • Commercial backyard flock = 19

  • Personal use backyard flock = 64

  • Captive wild birds = 1

  • Total birds = 31.36 Million + (as of 4/22)

  • Above numbers are as best as I can decipher.

2022 Wild bird detections for High-Path AI H5N1: 1/13/22 – (started with SC & NC) – AL, CO, CT, DE, FL, GA, IL, IN, IA, KS, KY, ME, MD, MA, MI, MN, MO, MT, ND, NE, NH, NJ, NY, NC, OH, PA, SC, SD, TN, VA, VT, WI How to protect your flock? See the Biosecurity information below. What activities are you doing now that can track Avian Influenza or virulent Newcastle or any disease back to your flock?

  • Avian Influenza brochure

  • Biosecurity for the Birds brochure

Keep it AWAY

  • Keep your poultry flock away from other poultry & wild birds. Keep your poultry and pet ducks and geese AWAY from wild ducks and geese and their environment – ponds, lakes and swampy areas.

  • Do not track the wild waterfowl Avian Flu viruses back to your flock if you are in the same wild waterfowl environment or hunting wild waterfowl.

  • Buy new birds from a reputable source.

  • Keep new birds or returning show birds separated from your established home flocks for 30 days.

  • Keep pests (rodents, raccoons, opossums, rabbits) out of bird pens.

  • Store feed in sealed containers and clean up feed spills and old feed bags to keep rodents and wild birds away.

  • Keep visitors out of your bird areas – what are they be carrying on their feet, clothing or vehicles?

Keep it CLEAN

  • Clean cages and coops routinely. Clean any equipment first before it comes onto your property.

  • Wear designated "bird" shoes and clothing to care for your birds.

  • Wash your hands before and after working with your birds.

  • Clean out watering systems daily.

  • Wash your vehicles and trailers after visiting other poultry facilities and before you come home – go through a car wash.

For South Carolina poultry flocks -- Report to me if you have a lot of birds who are suddenly and severely sick or dying within a few days’ time – we will test for Avian Flu and virulent Newcastle Disease. Contact: Dr. Julie Helm -- jhelm@clemson.edu; call or text – 803-260-6442 Courtney Watts -- cwatts5@clemson.edu; call or text -- 803-530-8930 Your birds can be Facebook Famous! Give me your permission to use your pictures on our Clemson LPH Social Media Sites without giving you credit. I will be happy to mention the bird's name, city and state. eXtension has great free webinars on everything poultry -- past and upcoming editions. Clemson University Livestock Poultry Health offers its programs to people of all ages, regardless of race, color, gender, religion, national origin, disability, political beliefs, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital or family status and is an equal opportunity employer.

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