US - Poultry movements in North Dakota have been limited to control the spread of avian influenza in the state following two recent outbreaks in commercial poultry.
To protect North Dakota’s poultry industry from potential exposure to H5 avian influenza virus, the State Board of Animal Health (BOAH) has halted bird movement to shows, exhibitions and public sales within the state in which birds from different locations are intermingled at an event. This does not apply to approved private sales that meet North Dakota importation requirements.
State Veterinarian Dr Susan Keller said: “The state board is taking this precaution to reduce the risk of avian influenza exposure to North Dakota birds. Mixing birds could unnecessarily increase the risk of exposure.”
This board action prohibits the specified poultry/bird movements until further notice. BOAH is continuing to monitor and assess the disease threat, which will be reviewed at its quarterly meeting on 10 June.
North Dakota has had two confirmed cases of avian influenza in commercial poultry operations in Dickey and LaMoure counties affecting over 100,000 birds. Nationally, the outbreak has affected nearly 10 million birds in 13 states.
Bird owners should immediately report death loss to their local and state veterinarian, restrict access to their property, prevent contact between their birds and wild birds and practice enhanced biosecurity.
Dr Keller is reminding anyone bringing birds into North Dakota to contact the North Dakota Department of Agriculture’s Animal Health Division at 701-328-2655 to ensure they are meeting all importation requirements.
You can visit the Avian Flu page by clicking here.