Columbia, Jan 15 (AP): A duck killed by a hunter in South Carolina had a contagious and harmful hen flu that has not been detected within the wild within the US in 5 years, officers stated.
The flu poses a low threat to individuals however can unfold rapidly by way of hen homes and different poultry companies.
The Eurasian H5 avian influenza was first detected by Clemson College scientists and confirmed by federal testing, the college stated in a information launch.
The US Division of Agriculture alerted international well being officers. Scattered Eurasian H5 infections have been detected in 2022 from Portugal to Bulgaria and in December, two instances have been reported in japanese Canada, officers stated.
Anybody who has poultry, together with yard farms, must evaluate their practices to maintain birds secure from illness, stated State Veterinarian Michael J Neault, who runs Clemson College’s Livestock Poultry Well being program.
These practices embody completely washing palms earlier than and after dealing with wild and domesticated birds and utilizing gloves and different protecting gear when dealing with reside birds.
Farmers also needs to hold their birds away from areas the place geese and geese roam, clear their cages and coops frequently and purchase new birds from respected sources and hold them away from the remainder of the flock for 30 days, the college stated.
“So far we have no indication that (the flu) has jumped from wild migratory birds to poultry and we’d very much like to keep it that way,” Neault stated in an announcement. (AP) IJT
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