On February 9, The United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) has confirmed the presence of highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) in a commercial turkey flock in Dubois County, Indiana. This is the first confirmed case of HPAI in commercial poultry in the United States since 2020.
Avian influenza does not present an immediate public health concern. No human cases of these avian influenza viruses have been detected in the United States.
APHIS is working closely with the Indiana Board of Animal Health on a joint incident response. State officials quarantined the affected premises, and birds on the property were depopulated to prevent the spread of the disease. Birds from the flock will not enter the food system.
Anyone involved with poultry production from the small backyard to the large commercial producer should review their biosecurity activities to assure the health of their birds. APHIS has materials about biosecurity, including videos, checklists, and a toolkit available at https://www.aphis.usda.gov/aphis/ourfocus/animalhealth/animal-disease-information/avian/defend-the-flock-program/dtf-resources/dtf-resources.
- USDA Resources:
- HPAI Overview
- Update from USDA on HPAI Detection in Wild Bird (Webinar from 1/18/22)
- Confirmed 2022 HPAI Cases in the United States
- USDA Concepts of Operations (CONOPS) Plan for Responding to HPAI
- HPAI ArcGIS Planning and Preparation Tool
- USDA APHIS: Defend the Flock
- Defend the Flock is an education program offering free tools and resources to help people working with and/or handling poultry follow proper biosecurity practices.
- USDA APHIS Avian Influenza Guidance Documents
- ZAHP Resources:
- Other Resources: