January 19 Update From Hoosier Ag Today Regarding Avian Influenza Outbreak in Southwest Indiana

Authorities say no additional turkey farms in a southern Indiana county have tested positive for bird flu since Sunday. Indiana State Board of Animal Health spokeswoman Denise Derrer said Sunday that 100 farms tested over 24 hours came back negative. She says that’s a sign control measures are working. She calls the current bird flu outbreak one of the worst to strike Indiana and said that containing it could take weeks. Thousands of turkeys on the infected farms have been euthanized. According to the latest BOAH figures, there have been 245,163 turkeys and 153,000 chickens (layers) euthanized thus far. The original location was identified as having High Pathogenic Avian Flu, while all other 9 locations have been identified as having Low Pathogenic Avian Flu.  Please continue to operate with great caution whether you are a commercial poultry operation or a back yard flock owner. Biosecurity is our only way to keep this from affected our county.

Samuel G. Custer Extension Educator, Agriculture & Natural Resources
OSU Extension, Darke County
603 Wagner Avenue Greenville, OH 45331
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