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USDA remains ‘very concerned’ about avian influenza

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Agency has learned that prioritizing poultry to depopulate first may be necessary as well as that enhanced well bird surveillance and program testing are very important.

The 2022 highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) outbreak has not been as large as the 2014-15 outbreak which led to a loss of over 50 million birds, but based on the trends observed during the current outbreak, Ashley Glosson, with USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS), said the agency is “very concerned” about the virus remaining in flyways during the summer and the risk of migrating birds bringing it back into the country this fall.

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