Iowa egg farm sues over damage from bird flu disinfection
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — An Iowa egg farm that killed millions of chickens because of a 2015 bird flu outbreak is suing companies hired by the federal government to disinfect barns.
New case of mild bird flu found in Minnesota turkey flock
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The Minnesota Board of Animal Health has identified another case of a mild form of bird flu in a Minnesota turkey flock.
Rutine testing confirmed the presence of low-pathogenic H5N2 virus in a turkey flock in Stearns County.
The flock of 13-week-old hens has been quarantined. The farm will be allowed to market the turkeys once the birds test negative for the disease.
Mild form of bird flu found in Minnesota turkey flock
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A mild form of bird flu detected in one flock of turkeys in a west-central Minnesota county is not the same virus that caused a devastating outbreak in 2015 and poses no public health or food safety risk, officials said Tuesday.
Bird flu hot spot: Scientists track virus in huge migration
MIDDLE TOWNSHIP, N.J. (AP) — Huge flocks of famished birds scour the sands of Delaware Bay for the tiny greenish eggs an army of horseshoe crabs lays every spring.
It's a marvel of ecology as shorebirds migrating from South America to the Arctic time a stop critical to their survival to this mass crab spawning. It's also one of the world's hot spots for bird flu — a bonanza for scientists seeking clues about how influenza evolves so they just might better protect people.
Birds Create Flu Bonanza For Scientists
WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Prosecutors in Poland are suing a private firm accused of tricking homeless people into unwitting participation in bird flu vaccine tests in 2007.
Prosecution spokesman Andrzej Kukawski said Wednesday that dozens of participants, including a pregnant woman, were denied information about potential health hazards in what he called a medical experiment.
ST. LOUIS (AP) — The U.S. Department of Agriculture says the first commercial case of bird flu in the country this year has been confirmed at a turkey farm in southwestern Missouri.
USDA spokeswoman Lyndsay Cole said Thursday that the H7N1 avian influenza, a low-pathogenic form, was detected through pre-slaughter testing on a farm in Jasper County that houses 20,000 turkeys. The state put the farm under quarantine.
Bird flu: Dutch farmers ordered to keep poultry indoors
THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — The Dutch government has ordered the country's farmers to keep all poultry indoors after bird flu was discovered at a duck farm.
Authorities issued the order Friday after a suspected highly pathogenic variant of the H5 bird flu was discovered at the farm in Biddinghuizen, about 70 kilometers (45 miles) east of Amsterdam. All 16,000 ducks at the farm will be culled.
Zoos also have been ordered to prevent their birds from coming into contact with wild waterfowl.
Philippines to cull 200,000 fowl after bird flu outbreak
MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The Philippines will cull at least 200,000 birds after confirming its first avian flu outbreak, but no animal-to-human transmission has been reported, officials said Friday.
Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Pinol said he ordered the culling of all fowl within a kilometer (0.6 mile) of six affected farms in northern Pampanga province's San Luis town.
The area has been declared a quarantine zone with a 7-kilometer (4-mile) surveillance area also established around the farms.
ATLANTA (AP) — Officials say they have ended restrictions on poultry producers that were enacted after the first confirmation of avian influenza in commercial birds in Georgia.
News outlets report state veterinarian Robert M. Cobb Jr. said in a news release that effective immediately, all poultry exhibitions, shows, sales, swaps and meets in the State of Georgia are permitted to return back to normal operation.
Bird flu surveillance zones lifted in western Kentucky
FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — The state veterinarian in Kentucky has lifted avian influenza surveillance zones surrounding two Christian County farms following negative test results from the poultry operations.
The National Veterinary Services Laboratory had confirmed the presence of low pathogenic avian influenza in March, based on samples taken from a commercial poultry operation and a backyard flock in the western Kentucky county.
Ensley: Biosecurity for backyard flocks
Avian influenza is not considered a threat to humans
On March 13, 2017 the state veterinarian declared “Effective immediately all poultry exhibitions, shows, sales (flea markets, auction markets) swaps, and meets in the state of Georgia are suspended until further notice.”
SUMMERVILLE, Ga. (AP) — About 18,000 chickens were destroyed at a northwest Georgia poultry farm after tests confirmed avian influenza in the flock, the first time the disease has been detected in commercial birds in the state, authorities said Monday.
The infected chickens were flagged by routine screening at a poultry breeder in Georgia's Chattooga County, said Julie McPeake, a spokeswoman for the Georgia Department of Agriculture.
MANKATO, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota is better prepared for a potential bird flu return after a devastating 2015 epidemic, according to poultry producers and experts.
Poultry farmers are waiting as the early spring opens water on lakes and rivers, leading to the migration of wild birds that carry the virus, the Mankato Free Press (http://bit.ly/2n5cg3p) reported. The bird flu has been detected in two states, including a dangerous pathogenic virus in Tennessee.
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota poultry farmers are being urged to take precautions against bird flu.
Avian influenza has been confirmed in three Southern states. North Dakota State Veterinarian Susan Keller says poultry producers in the state should keep their birds away from wetland areas where migrating wild birds might land.
North Dakota had two cases of bird flu in 2015, in Dickey and LaMoure counties.
Bird flu confirmed at another Alabama farm
CULLMAN, Ala. (AP) — Agriculture officials say bird flu has been confirmed at another commercial chicken farm in Alabama.
The low-pathogenic illness found in birds at a Cullman County farm is similar to the one found in two other commercial operations in the state. The illness also has been detected at three backyard operations.
Officials said Thursday the farm with the latest outbreak is currently quarantined, and plans are being made on how to deal with the illness.
Expert: Bird flu outbreak nation’s worst since 2015
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — A bird flu outbreak that has led officials to euthanize more than 200,000 animals in three Southern states already is the nation's worst since 2015 and new cases are still popping up, an expert said Wednesday.
Agriculture officials are trying to limit the damage, but it's unclear whether quarantines, transportation bans and mass killings will stop the spread, said Joseph Hess, a poultry science professor at Auburn University.
Bird flu confirmed in 2 poultry flocks in north Alabama
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama officials have confirmed bird flu in two poultry flocks, just a week after three commercial breeders had to kill their chickens across the state line in Tennessee.
The state veterinarian announced that chickens are under quarantine after testing positive for the disease at a commercial breeding operation in Pickens County near the Mississippi line.
3rd case of bird flu detected in Tennessee
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A third commercial poultry breeding operation in Tennessee has tested positive for avian flu.
State agricultural officials on Thursday said the latest chicken breeding facility to be infected is in Lincoln County, close to a farm that was diagnosed with bird flu less than two weeks ago. Officials say the chickens at both facilities have the same strain of highly pathogenic avian influenza.
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — The Alabama Department of Agriculture and Industries is investigating three possible cases of avian influenza in the northern part of the state.
At a news conference Tuesday, Agriculture and Industries Commissioner John McMillan said the findings are in poultry in Jackson, Lauderdale and Madison counties. Dr. Tony Frazier, the state's veterinarian, also issued a stop-movement order for certain poultry in the state.
Vienna zoo puts down its pelicans because of bird flu
VIENNA (AP) — Vienna's Schoenbrunn Zoo has euthanized its flock of 20 Dalmatian pelicans after examinations showed them infected with bird flu.
A zoo statement says the birds were put down Friday, a day after the first one was found with the disease.
The zoo says the pelicans were infected with the H5N8 strain that is harmless to humans but spreads rapidly among birds. It has closed down facilities used by the pelicans to contain the virus.
Bird flu cases revive fear of repeat of major 2015 outbreak
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The detection of a highly pathogenic strain of bird flu at a Tennessee chicken farm has poultry farmers stepping up security in an attempt to prevent an outbreak like the one in 2015 that required the destruction of millions of chickens and turkeys in the Midwest. The appearance of milder forms of bird flu at a Wisconsin turkey farm and another Tennessee chicken farm has heightened concern.
Tennessee officials: 2nd confirmation of avian flu
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee officials have confirmed that a second commercial breeding poultry operation in Tennessee has tested positive for the avian flu.
Officials say the chicken breeding facility is located in Giles County, which lies south of Nashville and is close to the Alabama state line.
On Sunday, the U.S. Department of Agriculture announced that another farm in southern Tennessee had bird flu. The entire flock of birds in Lincoln County was killed. That farm supplied Tyson foods.
Milder bird flu found at Jennie-O farm in Wisconsin
BARRON, Wis. (AP) — Officials confirm a low-pathogenic bird flu strain has been detected in a Jennie-O Turkey Store operation in western Wisconsin.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture posted notice of the case to the Organization for Animal Health's website Tuesday. Austin, Minnesota-based Hormel Foods Corp., which owns Willmar, Minnesota-based Jennie-O, confirmed the H5N2 strain was detected Saturday at its Barron, Wisconsin, operation.
Bird flu found at Tyson Foods chicken supplier
NEW YORK (AP) — Tens of thousands of chickens have been destroyed at a Tennessee chicken farm due to a bird flu outbreak and 30 other farms within a six-mile radius have been quarantined.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture said 73,500 chickens were destroyed at the facility and will not enter the food system. The H7 avian influenza can be deadly to chickens and turkeys.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A commercial chicken breeding facility in south-central Tennessee has been hit by a strain of bird flu, agriculture officials said Sunday.
The state Agriculture Department said in a news release that tests confirmed the presence of the H7 strain of Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza, or HPAI, at a facility in Lincoln County. The facility alerted the state veterinarian's office on Friday about an increase in chicken deaths.
UN sees bird flu changes but calls risk of people spread low
LONDON (AP) — The World Health Organization says it has noticed changes in the bird flu virus now spreading in China, but says the risk of the disease spreading easily between people remains low.
The genetic mutations have been seen from birds and infected people, but because flu viruses change constantly, experts aren't exactly sure how significant the differences may be.
France slaughtering all ducks in key region due to bird flu
PARIS (AP) — France's agriculture ministry has ordered all remaining 600,000 ducks in a key poultry-producing region slaughtered to try to stem a growing outbreak of bird flu.
A previous cull in southwestern France failed to stop the spread of the H5N8 virus, which has hit ducks and other birds in more than 300 French farms in the last few months. Most are in the Landes, a foie gras-producing region where the new slaughter is focused.
China closes live poultry markets amid deadly flu outbreak
BEIJING (AP) — China is ordering the closure of live poultry markets in its south-central regions as it grapples with the worst outbreak of bird flu in years that has killed at least 87 people.
State media reported Friday that the National Health and Family Planning Commission ordered closures anywhere with cases of the H7N9 strain.
China Jan. bird flu deaths hit 79, most since at least 2013
BEIJING (AP) — An outbreak of H7N9 bird flu in China killed 79 people in January, the most in a single month in at least three years, the country's national health authority said.
More than 250 cases of H7N9 have been reported to the National Health and Family Planning Commission from 16 provinces and regions. State media said Thursday that most of the illnesses occurred in and around China's eastern and southern coast, from Shanghai to Hong Kong.
Some China cities close poultry markets amid bird flu fears
BEIJING (AP) — Several Chinese cities have shut down their poultry markets in the wake of a bird flu outbreak that has killed at least two dozen people this year across China.
Live poultry sales have now been suspended in Changsha, the capital of central China's Hunan province, as well as markets across the eastern province of Zhejiang, the official Xinhua News Agency reported Sunday, as authorities deal with dozens of new cases of H7N9 bird flu.
Minnesota poultry farmers warily watch bird flu outbreaks
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Poultry farmers in Minnesota are cautiously watching the spread of bird flu in Europe and Asia.
The World Health Organization is on "high alert" because the virus has been found in 40 countries around the world since last fall and is spreading quickly, Minnesota Public Radio (http://bit.ly/2kAR42I ) reported.
Correction: Egg Exports-South Korea story
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — In a story Jan. 11 about the U.S. exporting eggs to South Korea, The Associated Press incorrectly spelled the name of food market analyst firm Urner Barry and its protein market analyst Brian Moscogiuri.
A corrected version of the story is below:
Bird flu-plagued South Korea agrees to buy US eggs
South Korea is suffering from a shortage of eggs due to bird flu and has finalized agreements to accept imported fresh eggs from United States
South Dakota officials push for lab renovation
Officials in South Dakota are continuing to make upgrades to an animal disease research lab in Brookings a priority, with Gov. Dennis Daugaard recently saying he hoped to earmark $5 million in state money for the project. The almost 50-year-old lab at South Dakota State University is important to the state's livestock industry, as evidenced by the bird flu outbreak two years ago. Some things to know about the lab as the Legislature considers the governor's request:
Sick kitty: NYC quarantines 500 felines fearing the flu
NEW YORK (AP) — Hundreds of homeless New York City cats have been quarantined after health officials discovered many infected with a strand of bird flu.
About 386 cats that live in city shelters have tested positive for the virus since a cat named Mimi was identified in November as having the virus.
Duck cull in France’s foie gras region to contain bird flu
PARIS (AP) — French authorities started slaughtering ducks in the main foie gras-producing region on Thursday to try to contain a dangerous form of bird flu.
Operations to destroy birds got underway in three departments of southwestern France where an outbreak of the H5N8 virus hasn't stabilized.
The virus, which is particularly aggressive in poultry farms, doesn't transmit via food and is harmless to humans.
Agriculture leader says Iowa’s egg production is up
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The head of Iowa's agriculture department says the state is recovering from the loss of millions of laying hens caused by the 2015 bird flu outbreak.
Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey says Iowa's egg production in October was roughly 1.30 billion eggs, up more than 70 percent from the same time last year. The average number of laying hens on hand in October was roughly 53 million, up 55 percent from last year.
Gloomy start to year of rooster as bird flu hits South Korea
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — The year of the rooster looks set for a gloomy start. Egg prices are soaring and new year's festivals are being canceled as South Korea fights its worst bird flu outbreak in more than a month.
South Korea's government said Tuesday that about 26 million head of poultry will be culled by Wednesday including about one-third of the country's egg-laying hens after the H5N6 strain of avian influenza was found in farms and parks.
Bird flu infects 7 people in China this month, killing 2
BEIJING (AP) — China has reported at least seven cases of bird flu in humans across the country this month, including two deaths, as authorities take steps to guard against an outbreak.
Five cases of H7N9 bird flu infections have been diagnosed in central Anhui province since Dec. 8, and two people have died, state media reported.
French foie gras producers unworried by bird flu outbreak
PARIS (AP) — Despite a new outbreak of bird flu in France, foie gras producers are confident sales will remain stable during the festive season.
Earlier this week, the French agriculture ministry raised the risk level of the H5N8 virus spreading after several cases were discovered across France.
Highly-contagious bird flu found in Japan, culling start
TOKYO (AP) — Japanese health authorities have confirmed a highly contagious avian flu strain in poultry in two prefectures in northern Japan, with culling of hundreds of thousands of birds starting Tuesday at the affected farms.
The government confirmed that the highly virulent H5 strain was detected in birds at a chicken farm in Niigata, where about 40 of them were found dead Monday. Dead ducks at a farm in another prefecture of Aomori also tested H5 positive.
Iowa’s ag secretary asks again for money to combat bird flu
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The head of Iowa's agriculture department is once again asking state leaders for financial help to better prepare for potential animal diseases like bird flu.
German zoo shuts down after bird flu kills emu
BERLIN (AP) — A zoo in northern Germany has been temporarily closed after an emu died of bird flu.
Ueckermuende zoo director Katrin Toepke told the dpa news agency Friday that the emu had died of the H5N8 strain of the virus, which can easily spread among birds but isn't known to infect humans.
16,000 turkeys killed in Germany to stop spread of bird flu
BERLIN (AP) — Authorities in northern Germany have killed 16,000 turkeys and ordered 92,000 chickens slaughtered after detecting an outbreak of bird flu.
The dpa news agency reported Thursday that the outbreak of the H5N8 strain of the virus affected three poultry plants in Lower Saxony.
The H528 strain can easily spread among birds, but is not known to infect humans.
Albania suspends fowl import from EU affected countries
TIRANA, Albania (AP) — Albania has temporarily suspended the import of fowl from European Union countries reporting cases of bird flu.
The Agriculture Ministry on Wednesday ordered suspension of all fowl imports from Austria, Croatia, Denmark, Germany, Hungary, Poland, the Netherlands and Switzerland, all of which have reported H5N8 virus cases.
The ministry also ordered poultry farmers to keep their birds indoors and to watch for signs of infections.
South Dakota poultry producers bounce back from bird flu
MITCHELL, S.D. (AP) — Some South Dakota egg producers are finally feeling some relief a year after the bird flu resulted in the deaths of millions of birds across the Midwest.
The Daily Republic (http://bit.ly/2eH5GiJ ) reports the outbreak led to soaring egg prices and hardship for egg producers and turkey farmers in the spring and summer of 2015.
8,800 geese to be culled amid new bird flu cases in Germany
BERLIN (AP) — The news agency dpa reports that some 8,800 geese on two poultry farms will be culled in the northern German state of Schleswig-Holstein because some of the animals are infected with the bird flu.
Dpa said Sunday it was not clear yet whether the birds were infected with the H5N8 strain that has been detected in wilds bird across 10 German states since Nov. 8.
Swiss enact nationwide measures to battle bird flu strain
GENEVA (AP) — Swiss authorities say they are taking bird flu protection measures across the country to prevent wild birds from intermingling with domesticated poultry, after a strain of the virus cropped up earlier this month.
Park in Indian capital shut after suspected bird flu deaths
NEW DELHI (AP) — City authorities have closed a sprawling park in the heart of New Delhi after eight birds died of suspected bird flu, days after the city zoo was closed to the public after nine birds died there.
New Delhi's Development Minister Gopal Rai said Friday that eight bird deaths were reported to city authorities on Thursday. These included two more bird deaths in the Delhi Zoo and two dead birds found in the Hauz Khas Deer Park.
New Delhi zoo closed temporarily after birds die of bird flu
NEW DELHI (AP) — New Delhi's zoo has been closed temporarily after nine birds died from suspected bird flu last week, a zoo official said Wednesday.
Autopsies conducted on the birds confirmed that at least two of them died from H5N1 avian influenza, said Riaz Ahmed Khan, the National Zoological Park's curator.
"We decided to close the zoo for a few days as a precautionary measure," Khan said, adding that the zoo would reopen next week.