HPAI confirmed in three more states

Highly pathogenic avian influenza has been detected in three more states.  The USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service confirmed the virus in a commercial layer chicken flock in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, a non-commercial backyard flock in Utah County, Utah, and two non-commercial backyard flocks in Idaho.

APHIS is working closely with state animal health officials on a joint incident response.  All birds on the properties will be depopulated to prevent the spread of the disease and a 6.2-mile control zone will be established around the premises. 

USDA reports the findings to the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) and international trading partners. According to OIE trade guidelines, countries are to base trade restrictions on sound science and, whenever possible, limit restrictions to those animals and animal products within a defined region that pose a risk of spreading the disease.

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