Infectious Diseases 2022

Infectious Diseases 2022

USDA: HPAI in a flock of broilers in Kentucky & backyard poultry in Virginia

15 February, 2022

USDA Confirms Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza in a flock of commercial broiler chickens in Kentucky and backyard mixed species flock in Virginia.
The United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) has confirmed the presence of highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) in birds in two states – a flock of commercial broiler chickens (240,000) in Fulton County, Kentucky, and a backyard flock of mixed species birds (71 birds) in Fauquier County, Virginia.
Samples from two Kentucky flocks were tested at the Breathitt Veterinary Center Laboratory and samples from the affected Virginia flock were tested at the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services Harrisonburg Regional Animal Health Laboratory, both part of the National Animal Health Laboratory Network. The Virginia and Fulton County, Kentucky cases were confirmed at the APHIS National Veterinary Services Laboratories (NVSL) in Ames, Iowa. The Breathitt Veterinary Center Laboratory also obtained a non-negative avian influenza test result on the samples from a Webster County turkey flock, and NVSL confirmation is pending.

Broiler Farm - Fulton County, Kentucky