Avian Influenza Outbreak in Indiana Reported Today

January 15, 2016

Indiana has a confirmed case of highly pathogenic avian influenza, H7N8. It was found in a commercial turkey flock in southwestern Indiana’s Dubois County and reported on Thursday.

I have been in conversation with Dr. El-Gazzar, Assistant Professor and Poultry Extension Veterinarian, Department of Veterinary Preventive Medicine, The Ohio State University, this afternoon.

My understanding is that it is 10 house, 60,000 bird turkey facility, confirmed positive yesterday around 4:00 PM. Not all 10 houses are affected, only 2. The affected houses will be depopulated today to meet the 24 hours goal, but the rest of the houses will be finished some time tomorrow. The planned disposal method is in-house composting. There is 65 commercial facilities in the 10 km zone and they are all sampled and being tested as we speak. A door to door effort to sample all non-commercial poultry is underway. This virus is different from last year virus and it is of North American lineage. This particular combination is uncommon but is not unheard of. Only partial sequences have been obtained and the full sequence of the virus necessary for a better understanding of its origin will be obtained sometime next week. Notification to the international community is underway and a few countries have already shut down exports from the US.

Caution, discretion and biosecurity should be observed in all commercial and noncommercial poultry premises.

Please let me know if there are any questions.

Samuel G. Custer Extension Educator, Agriculture & Natural Resources
OSU Extension, Darke County
603 Wagner Avenue Greenville, OH 45331
937-548-5215 Office | 937-547-6491 Fax