H5N2 Avian Influenza Virus Infects More Missouri Turkey Growing Facilities, MDA Confirms

Another turkey growing facility in Moniteau County has been infected by avian influenza. The facility is located at 35764 Newkirk Road in Fortuna, holding 21,000 turkeys, MDA confirms.

The MDA said in a press release that they are continuing its coordinated response with USDA, state health officials and industry partners.

On March 8, the Missouri Division of Horticulture affirmed that a grower facility located at 30213 Thyme Street in Asbury had been tainted with H5N2 avian influenza, holding 30,100 commercial turkey.

Jasper County Facility was the first office detected with H5N2 as reported by USDA’s National Veterinary Services Laboratory.

Flare-ups of a strain of avian influenza have happened in Minnesota, Oregon, Washington and Idaho and are not thought to be a danger to public health or the food supply, according to the press release.

MDA said it keeps on following strict protocols to contain and take out the infection. The offices were instantly isolated and the remaining turkeys in the included flocks will be eliminated and won’t enter the sustenance framework. Taking after USDA conventions, observation and testing strategies are in progress at properties close to the infected facilities to guarantee the infection has not spread.

As a safety measure, the Missouri Division of Health and Senior Services are reaching out to monitor workers who may be exposed to the virus. The MDA and USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service have launched an incident command response, and APHIS will support MDA in managing the termination of the remaining birds on the property to keep the spread of the sickness.

While deadly to winged animals, no human instances of these avian flu infections have been recognized in the United States, Canada, or globally, and there is no prompt immediate public health concern, said a MDA representative.

Iowa affirmed the finding from the samples from Moniteau County which were tested by the state animal health diagnostic lab in Springfield and the APHIS National Veterinary Services Laboratories in Ames.

All bird owners, whether commercial producers or backyard enthusiasts, need to continue practicing good bio security, preventing contact between their birds and wild birds, and reporting sick birds or unusual bird deaths to your veterinarian and the Missouri Department of Agriculture’s Animal Health division at 573-751-3377.

More information about avian influenza can be found on the Missouri Department of Agriculture website, agriculture.mo.gov.

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