Avian Influenza Update


birdfluOn Jan. 16, 2016, the first case in nearly seven months of Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI) was confirmed in a commercial turkey flock in Dubois County, Indiana.

The 2016 case of HPAI is a different strain then the 2015 strain that affected more than 49 million wild and domestic birds, costing federal tax payers over $950 million. No new cases have been confirmed since Jan. 16.

Due to the 2015 outbreak, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (FDACS) have made revisions to their protocols on how they respond to and prevent the spread of the avian influenza (AI).

In Florida, FDACS has revised the Animal Import Rule for poultry to include required pre-import AI testing for non-commercial shipments. The test must be done within 21 days of entry into Florida for those poultry originating from a non-HPAI affected state and within seven days for poultry originating from outside a control zone in a HPAI affected state.

The official enforcement date of the new import requirement is March 1, 2016. For more information please refer to the following links:

FDACS Changes to Poultry Import Rule
FDACS How to Report
USDA Preparedness and Response Plan
USDA APHIS AI Reimbursement Rates and Vaccine Protocols