Infectious Diseases 2022

Infectious Diseases 2022

USA: HPAI in an Indiana turkey flock

10 February, 2022

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) reported an outbreak of highly pathogenic avian influenza H5N1 in an Indiana turkey flock. The H5N1 is of the Eurasian lineage goose/Guangdong H5 clade 2.3.4.4b.
Samples from the affected flock, which experienced increased mortality, were tested at the Indiana Animal Disease Diagnostic Laboratory at Purdue University, part of the National Animal Health Laboratory Network, and confirmed at the APHIS National Veterinary Services Laboratories (NVSL) in Ames, IA. 
About 29,000 turkeys (18-week growing toms) at the farm in Dubois County, Indiana, in the south of the state, are being culled to contain the outbreak.
Indiana’s poultry industry ranks third nationally in turkey production, first in duck production, second in table eggs and egg-laying chickens, and is a significant producer of broiler chickens. The poultry industry employs more than 14,000 Hoosiers and is valued at $2.5 billion.