Infectious Diseases 2009

Infectious Diseases 2009

Avian Influenza found on Western KY Poultry Farm

5 April, 2009

State and federal authorities are investigating a finding of suspected low-pathogenic avian influenza in a single broiler-breeder poultry farm in western Kentucky.
State Veterinarian Robert C. Stout has quarantined the farm, which produces hatching eggs for Perdue Farms Inc. Perdue plans to depopulate 20,000 chickens in two houses on the farm.
The Kentucky Department of Agriculture is conducting surveillance on backyard flocks within a two-mile radius of the farm.
A minimal drop in egg production at the farm was noticed in mid-March. Perdue's veterinary services laboratory took samples from chickens at the farm and found antibodies for avian influenza. Testing by the National Veterinary Services Laboratory in Ames, Iowa, resulted in a presumptive positive finding for the H7N9 strain. Subsequent testing by NVSL and the Breathitt Veterinary Center in Hopkinsville confirmed the finding.
No virus has been isolated and no poultry deaths have been found in connection with the infection.

As a result, Russia is halting poultry shipments from Kentucky, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said today.

Kentucky producers slaughtered 295.3 million young chickens in 2008, down 0.5 percent from the previous year, the USDA said on Feb. 25.