First cases of avian flu found in 2016

First cases of avian influenza found in commercial turkey operations, but only initial flock is high-pathogenic H7N8 strain.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal & Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) confirmed Jan. 15 the presence of H7N8 highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) in a commercial turkey flock in Dubois County, Ind.

In a media call Friday afternoon, Dr. T.J. Meyers, associate deputy administrator of APHIS Veterinary Services, said the affected premises had approximately 60,000-plus birds, including an associated site under the same management. The index case is in a poultry-

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