First case of Avian Influenza in PA confirmed in Lancaster County

LANCASTER, Pa. – The Pennsylvania Division of Agriculture confirmed the state’s first optimistic case of Extremely Pathogenic Avian Influenza. 

The Division of Agriculture wrote in a press launch, the HPAI optimistic case was present in home poultry, in a flock of business layer chickens on a Lancaster County poultry farm in in East Donegal Township. 

A state and federal interagency job pressure is ready and initiating a response plan. ​

The division has quarantined the farm and all industrial poultry services inside a 10-kilometer radius of the contaminated flock.

The discharge continues to say there isn’t a danger to the general public, and poultry and eggs are suitable for eating if cooked correctly.

HPAI is extremely infectious ​and might be deadly to home birds, together with chickens, geese, geese, quail, pheasants, guinea fowl and turkeys.

In line with the U.S. Facilities for Illness Management and Prevention, avian influenza detections don’t current a direct public well being concern.

No human circumstances of avian influenza viruses have been detected in the USA.

The optimistic samples have been examined on the Pennsylvania Veterinary Laboratory. The discovering was confirmed by the Nationwide Veterinary Providers Laboratory in Ames, Iowa.

“Defending Pennsylvania’s $7.1 billion poultry trade is a year-round prime precedence,” stated PA Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding. “We have now strict biosecurity protocols in place each for Pennsylvania farms, and for poultry merchandise shipped out and in of the state. We have now had $2 million budgeted and put aside since 2016 to answer avian influenza, along with tools, provides, laboratories and extremely skilled consultants who’ve been on excessive alert and are supporting our poultry farmers.

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Redding continued to say anybody visiting a farm needs to be conscious that your automobiles and footwear might carry the virus from different locations you’ve walked. 

That is the primary confirmed case of Extremely Pathogenic Avian Influenza in Pennsylvania in industrial poultry since an outbreak in 1983-’84.

As of April 15, 2022, contaminated birds in industrial and yard poultry flocks had been confirmed in 27 states together with most states surrounding Pennsylvania.

Extremely Pathogenic Avian Influenza is especially unfold by way of direct contact between wholesome birds and bodily waste from contaminated birds. 

Should you suspect your poultry is contaminated with avian influenza, report your issues 24 hours a day, 7 days every week to the Pennsylvania Bureau of Animal Well being and Diagnostic Providers at 717-772-2852, choice 1.

Sick or lifeless wild birds needs to be reported to the Pennsylvania Sport Fee at 610-926-3136 or [email protected]

For extra details about avian influenza, go to the division’s web site,