Columbia, Jan 15 (AP): A duck killed by a hunter in South Carolina had a contagious and harmful fowl flu that has not been detected within the wild within the US in 5 years, officers stated.
The flu poses a low danger to individuals however can unfold shortly by hen homes and different poultry companies.
The Eurasian H5 avian influenza was first detected by Clemson College scientists and confirmed by federal testing, the varsity stated in a information launch.
The US Division of Agriculture alerted world well being officers. Scattered Eurasian H5 infections have been detected in 2022 from Portugal to Bulgaria and in December, two circumstances had been reported in jap Canada, officers stated.
Anybody who has poultry, together with yard farms, must evaluation their practices to maintain birds secure from illness, stated State Veterinarian Michael J Neault, who runs Clemson College’s Livestock Poultry Well being program.
These practices embody completely washing palms earlier than and after dealing with wild and domesticated birds and utilizing gloves and different protecting gear when dealing with dwell birds.
Farmers must also preserve their birds away from areas the place geese and geese roam, clear their cages and coops recurrently and purchase new birds from respected sources and preserve them away from the remainder of the flock for 30 days, the college stated.
“To date we’ve got no indication that (the flu) has jumped from wild migratory birds to poultry and we might very very similar to to maintain it that method,” Neault stated in a press release. (AP) IJT
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