Officials from the state announced Tuesday that Avian Influenza was detected at a sixth turkey farm located in southern Indiana. The state is still waiting for confirmation.
Meanwhile, the USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service said 1.6 million turkeys, chickens and other fowl have died as part of this year’s outbreaks of highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI).
According to the USDA, 1.2 Million of the culled birds were culled by a poultry farm in New Castle County (Delaware).
Indiana has the largest number of outbreaks: five confirmed cases of “high path” avian influenza and the new case in Dubois County.
“This is considered a presumptive-positive case and samples are being verified at the USDA National Veterinary Services Laboratory in Iowa,” said the Board of Animal Health in an email. “This is the sixth known farm (known as Dubois4) in Indiana to be diagnosed with avian influenza. Depopulation efforts are underway on the premises, which houses 16,500 birds.”
In 2014 and 2015, fifty million birds, mostly turkeys and egg-laying hens, were killed in an HPAI outbreak that pushed up egg prices in grocery shops.
Source: Successful Farming