Infectious Diseases 2007

Infectious Diseases 2007

H5N2 LPAI found in W. Virginia

USA: W. Virginia 3 April, 2007 Turkeys at a farm in West Virginia, Pendleton County have tested positive for what government officials believe is a low-pathogenic avian influenza virus.
Preliminary tests indicated the turkeys had a low-pathogenic H5N2 avian influenza virus.
The samples were collected by an industry group as part of a routine before slaughter, USDA said. The birds showed no sign of illness or mortality. The samples were collected on Friday from a flock of about 25,000 birds that will now be destroyed to prevent the virus from mutating and spreading.
During the spring and summer of 2002, an outbreak of low-pathogenic H7N2 avian influenza virus (AIV) infected 210 flocks of chickens and turkeys in Virginia, West Virginia and North Carolina, and caused the destruction of more than 4.7 million birds.