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GA Poultry Suspension

SUBJECT:

Effective immediately all poultry exhibitions, shows, sales (flea markets, auction markets), swaps, and meets in the State of Georgia are suspended until further notice.

ACTION:

Avian Influenza (HPAI or LPAI) has NOT been found in Georgia poultry.   However, due to the recent confirmations of Avian Influenza in Tennessee and reported investigations in Alabama and in an effort to minimize the risk of introduction of HPAI (or LPAI) into our Georgia poultry flocks, it is recommended for all Georgia Poultry Producers and Enthusiasts (commercial and backyard) to observe the following:

1.   Implement STRICT BIOSECURITY on all poultry premises.  Alert all company personnel, growers, farm workers and service personnel of the increased risk of Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI).  Focus biosecurity methods on preventing any exposure to wild waterfowl or their droppings. Keep up your biosecurtiy at ALL TIMES, especially as it relates to ESSENTIAL visitors and ENTRY biosecurity.

2.   All outdoor poultry should be moved into bio- secure housing and any contact with wild birds of any kind, especially waterfowl, their habitat, or their droppings should be avoided.If this is not possible, the Georgia Department of Agriculture should be notified.

3.   If you use rendering for dead poultry disposal, please verify that the trucks are disinfected at each pick up and that the freezer area is kept clean and clutter free. If you use rendering pick up for livestock, please do the same. If you visit a rendering plant for any livestock, clean and disinfect your vehicle before returning to your farm.

4.   Take the necessary precautions around any congregation points growers backyard owners– do not bring disease back to your poultry.

5. Monitor all flocks for increased mortality or clinical signs consistent with Highly Pathogenic  Avian  Influenza  (HPAI),  and  report  any  concerns  immediately.  The consistent clinical sign in all the current reported cases to this point has beena marked rapid increase in mortality over several days.

6.    Enroll in the National Poultry Improvement Plan (NPIP).

7.   Please contact the HPAI HOTLINE for reporting of sick birds or for questions related to HPAI.

Georgia Department of Agriculture www.ga-ai.org  (855)491-1432

Georgia Poultry Laboratory www.gapoultrylab.org  (770) 766-6850

CURRENT EVENTS:

  • On March 16, 2017, a second commercial poultry premises was confirmed with H7N9, HPAI, in Lincoln County, Tennessee.This premise is located less than two (2)miles away and in the same control zone as the March 5, 2017, H7N9, HPAI premise in Lincoln County, Tennessee. The infected poultry are depopulated and surveillance is on-going.

 

  • As of March 14, 2017, three separate avian influenza investigations on three separate premises (one commercial and 2 backyard) are currently underway in Alabama. Confirmation of subtype is pending. Surveillance is on-going. The most recent investigation involved routine surveillance at a flea market.

 

  • On March 8, 2017, Low Pathogenic Avian Influenza (LPAI), H7N9, was confirmed in commercial poultry in Giles County,Tennessee. All poultry on the premise has been depopulated and surveillance is on-going.

 

  • On March 4, 2017, Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI), H7N9, was confirmed in Lincoln County, Tennessee in commercial poultry.The Tennessee Department of Agriculture, with USDA support, responded to contain the virus; all birds were depopulated and properly disposed. A Control Zone that calls for strict movement control of poultry and poultry related products, poultry feed and supplies, has been established around the affected premise. Surveillance is on-going. The control zone extends into portions of Northern Alabama.

 

 *It is important to note that both the HPAI H7N9 and the LPAIH7N9 confirmed in Tennessee is of North American Wild Bird origin and is  NOT related to the Asian H7N9 virus. While the subtype is the same as the China H7N9 lineage that emerged in 2013, this is a different virus and is genetically distinct from the China H7N9 lineage.

 

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