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Avian Influenza Archive from Jul 08, 2015


News Update July 8, 2015

Avian Influenza in Animals
Turkey (unspecified AIV)
The avian influenza virus has been discovered in wild birds from two districts of Istanbul during prophylactic measures. The virus was found in wild birds in the Kartal district on the Anatolian side and in Arnavutkoy district on the European side. The source and serotype of the virus is unknown. Hunting of wild birds has been banned, and work is underway to prevent the virus from spreading. Turkey had last reported outbreaks of H5N1 in Mat in nearby Balikesire province in May.

Nine additional cases of the highly pathogenic H5, three of them further characterized as H5N2 avian influenza virus have been reported in Canadian geese collected by Michigan DNR in Macomb County, Michigan. They are likely to be additional birds from the same Sterling Heights location as the three goslings that were Michigan’s first HPAI H5N2 cases.

Avian Influenza in Poultry
Ghana (HPAI H5N1)
According to a World Organisation for Animal Health report, an additional case of the highly pathogenic H5N1 has been discovered at a chicken farm in Obuasi, Ashaniti Province. This is the first time that the virus has spread beyond the Greater Accra region since the current outbreaks began in April. 1,302 birds died and the remaining 635 were culled to prevent further spread of the disease. In addition to culling, the farm has been quarantined and movement control measures put in place.

An additional case of the highly pathogenic H5N2 avian influenza virus has been confirmed in a chicken flock at a farm in Wright County, Iowa. All 1,000,000 birds were destroyed to prevent further spread of the virus, and the premises quarantined. Movement control inside the country has also been put in place.


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