News Update July, 21 2014
Avian Influenza in Poultry (HPAI/H5N1)
According to a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) report, a sample of the low-pathogen H9N2 avian influenza virus sent to the U.S. Department of Agriculture Southeast Poultry Rresearch Laboratory (SEPRL) in Athens, GA was contaminated with the highly pathogenic H5N1 bird flu virus. The shipment was received in March, and personnel at SEPRL notified the CDC in May that the samples had been contaminated. The CDC confirmed that the samples had been unintentionally cross-contaminated and the contaminated sample and associated items at the Athens lab were destroyed. In addition to halting operations and shipments, the CDC has started an investigation to determine what led to the contamination.
Avian Influenza in Humans (LPAI/H7N9)
One additional case of avian influenza H7N9 was recently reported in China’s Hunan province, according to Hong Kong health officials. This brings the total number of cases reported this year to 436. Local health authorities are working with the World Health Organization and other authorities to contain the virus, implementing disease prevention and control measures such as thermal imaging systems for body temperature checks on inbound travelers.
Visit Pandemic & Avian Flu.gov for all related federal information. The Department of the Interior's role in federal pandemic & avian planning is detailed here.