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USDA REPORTS AVIAN INFLUENZA HAS NOW BEEN FOUND IN 12 STATES
Agri-Pulse reports:

USDA's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service has announced more findings of highly pathogenic avian influenza in the U.S., this time in what it called a "non-commercial, non-poultry flock" in Maine.

The confirmation in the as-yet unidentified species makes Maine the 13th state in which HPAI has been detected. It also has been found in commercial and backyard flocks in Indiana, Kentucky and Virginia, and in wild birds in Delaware, North Carolina, Georgia, Connecticut, New Hampshire, Maryland, Virginia, Florida, and South Carolina.

On Feb. 11, APHIS said it was expanding wild bird surveillance to include the Mississippi and Central Flyways, in addition to an already existing surveillance program in the Atlantic and Pacific Flyways.

The Centers for Disease Control says the recent detections "pose a low risk to the public."

"Wild birds can carry HPAI A(H5) viruses without showing symptoms, but these viruses can cause illness and death in domestic poultry," CDC said. "Human infections with HPAI A(H5) bird flu viruses are rare but can occur, usually after close contact with infected birds."


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