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Avian Influenza Archive from Jul 05, 2017


News Update July 5, 2017

Avian Influenza in Wild Animals

USA (H3N8)

H3N8 canine influenza has been confirmed in 4 cases in Greene county, Tennessee. The illness in three dogs is believed to have originated at a dog show in Perry, Georgia. Cases have been detected in a total of eight (FL, GA, IL, KY, SC, NC, TN and TX) states so far in the current outbreak. Canine influenza is spread through nasal or lung secretions typically via sneezing or coughing. Canine influenza is not known to cause illness in humans. The Tennessee state veterinarian suggests making sure your dog is up-to-date on vaccinations, washing your hands after contact with any dogs, avoiding co-mingling dogs, not sharing equipment or toys between dogs, and immediately isolating any dog that shows signs of illness and contacting your veterinarian.

Avian Influenza in Poultry

Belgium (HPAI H5N8)

Highly pathogenic H5N8 avian influenza has been confirmed in Trazegnies, Belgium on June 1, 2017. The virus has resulted in the death of 57 birds and an additional 29 being culled. The event is considered ongoing and the source of the outbreak is attributed to the introduction of new live animals. Control measured applied include surveillance outside and within the protection zone, traceability, official destruction of animal products, official disposal of carcasses, stamping gout, control of wildlife reservoirs, zoning, vaccination prohibition, and no treatment of affected animals.

France (HPAI H5N8)

Highly pathogenic H5N8 avian influenza has been reported in the northern Brillon region of France on June 30, 2017. The farm is located only 8 miles from where a confirmed outbreak of the same virus occurred in Belgium in June 2017. France?s agriculture ministry said a protection and surveillance zone was set up immediately to stop the spread of the virus. Additionally, movement of all susceptible animals is prohibited and bio-security measures have been reinforced.


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