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8/11/2015 UPDATE (From Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection)
DATCP lifts all avian influenza infected premises quarantines
MADISON, Wisc.— The Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP) announced today the release of all quarantines on premises affected by highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) earlier this year.

The Department has lifted the quarantines on the final six premises, including four in Barron County and two in Jefferson County.

When temperatures begin to drop and wild birds begin to migrate south for the winter, animal health officials fear that the virus may cause similar disease issues. So, McGraw is reminding backyard poultry owners and commercial producers alike to continue with proper biosecurity measures to minimize the possibility of infection.

“Now is not the time to stop all the prevention techniques you’ve implemented, even though we’d like to all think that Wisconsin is completely free of the disease. As long as the virus might still be in the environment, we need to stay focused on prevention,” McGraw says.

For more information, visit: http://datcp.wi.gov/news/?ID=1338

7/2/2015 UPDATE (From Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection)
State Veterinarian broadens restrictions on poultry swap meets in Wisconsin

MADISON, Wisc. –The state veterinarian has broadened the restriction against poultry gatherings in a modified order that now prohibits all poultry at any swap meet in the state through the end of 2015. A previous order issued June 10 prohibited swap meets held in conjunction with a county, regional or state fair.

For more information, visit: http://datcp.wi.gov/news/?Id=1319

6/19/2015 UPDATE (From Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection
State Veterinarian issues restrictions on poultry events, exhibitions and fairs in Wisconsin

MADISON, Wisc. – Two months after avian influenza led to the depopulation of more than 1.7 million chickens and turkeys in Wisconsin, the state veterinarian has issued two orders restricting participation in poultry events, exhibitions and fairs in Wisconsin.

The first is a ban on poultry moving to, or participation in, any swap meets or open shows in Wisconsin that are not held as part of a county, district or state fair. Another requires fair organizers to have exhibitor’s certify that there have been no poultry mortalities on their premises for the 10 calendar days prior to moving their poultry to the event. Both orders will expire on December 31, 2015.

For more information, visit: http://datcp.wi.gov/news/?Id=1313

6/10/2015 UPDATE (From Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection
Five avian influenza control zone quarantines released in Barron County

MADISON, Wisc.— The Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP) announced today that, after extensive surveillance and testing for avian influenza (AI), the quarantines on poultry premises in control zones within 6.2 miles (10 km) of five farms in Barron County are now released. There have been no new detections of AI in Wisconsin since May 4.

For more information, visit: http://datcp.wi.gov/news/?Id=1311

6/9/2015 UPDATE (From Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection
Three avian influenza control zone quarantines released in Jefferson County

MADISON, Wisc.— The Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP) announced today that, after extensive surveillance and testing for avian influenza, the quarantines on poultry premises in control zones within 6.2 miles (10 km) of three farms in Jefferson County are now released. There have been no new detections of HPAI in Wisconsin since May 4.

For more information, visit: http://datcp.wi.gov/news/?Id=1310

5/26/2015 UPDATE (From Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection)
DATCP releases avian influenza quarantine in Chippewa County. Ban on events in effect thru May 31.

MADISON, Wisc.— The Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP) announced today that, after extensive surveillance & testing for avian influenza, the quarantine zone within 6.2 miles (10 km.) of a farm in Chippewa County has been released. There have been no new detections of HPAI in the county since the original incident in April affecting a flock of commercial turkeys.

For more information, visit: http://datcp.wi.gov/news/?Id=1305

5/19/2015 UPDATE (From Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection)
DATCP releases avian influenza quarantine in Juneau County. Ban on events in effect thru May 31.
MADISON, Wisc.— The Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP) announced today that, after extensive surveillance & testing for avian influenza, the quarantine zone within 6.2 miles (10 km.) of a farm in Juneau county has been released. There have been no new detections of HPAI in the county since the original incident in April affecting a flock of backyard birds.

For more information, visit: http://datcp.wi.gov/news/?ID=1302

5/4/2015 UPDATE (From Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection)
DATCP announces 3rd Jefferson County and 5th Barron County avian influenza detections
"MADISON, Wisc.— H5 avian influenza has been detected on two more farms in Barron and Jefferson counties, the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection announced today. Wisconsin now has 10 total cases. While lethal to domestic poultry, the strain of virus detected is not known to have caused disease in humans and is not expected to pose a risk to public health or the food supply.

Details of the two new detections are as follows:

Barron—14,600 breeding turkeys (commercial)
Jefferson—127,970 chickens (commercial)

As with past detections, each property was immediately quarantined and neighboring properties with poultry will be notified about the situation. Remaining birds will be depopulated and will not enter the food supply. Following USDA protocols, surveillance and testing procedures will take place at properties near the affected facility to ensure the virus has not spread."
Latest Information (as of 10 a.m. May 4, 2015)

We have confirmed the presence of H5N2 HPAI in the following county/counties:

Jefferson – 3rd detection, 127,970 chickens (commercial)
Barron—5th detection, 14,600 breeding turkeys (commercial)

Current Situation (Summary to-date)

Total number of farms – 10
Total number of counties – 4

Farms by County/Number of Flocks

Barron: 5
Chippewa: 1
Jefferson: 3*
Juneau: 1

Total number of birds affected in Wisconsin – 1,597,240

All affected farms remain under quarantine.

To read more, visit: http://datcp.wi.gov/news/?Id=1291

5/3/2015 UPDATE (From Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection)
Fourth Barron County avian influenza detection found in commercial turkey facility
"MADISON, Wisc.—Another detection of H5 avian influenza has been made in a commercial turkey flock in Barron County, the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection announced today. About 16,000 breeding turkeys and nearly 42,000 hatching eggs are affected. This is now the eighth case in Wisconsin and the fourth in Barron County. While lethal to domestic poultry, the strain of virus detected is not known to have caused disease in humans and is not expected to pose a risk to public health or the food supply."

For more information, visit: http://datcp.wi.gov/news/?Id=1290



4/28/205 UPDATE (From Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection)
Third avian influenza detection found in Barron County
"MADISON, Wisc.—Another detection of H5 avian influenza has been made in a 108,000 bird turkey flock in Barron County, the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection announced today. This is now the seventh case in Wisconsin and the third in Barron County. While lethal to domestic poultry, the strain of virus detected is not known to have caused disease in humans and is not expected to pose a risk to public health or the food supply."

There are now 7 cases of avian influenza in Wisconsin since it was first found on April 13, 2015. For more information, visit: http://datcp.wi.gov/news/?ID=1285

4/23/15 UPDATE (From Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection)
Second avian influenza detection found in Barron County
"MADISON, Wisc.—The Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection, in cooperation with the US Department of Agriculture is responding to a detection of H5 avian influenza in a 90,000 bird turkey flock in Barron County. This is now the sixth case in Wisconsin and the second in Barron County. While lethal to domestic poultry, the strain of virus detected is not known to have caused disease in humans and is not expected to pose a risk to public health or the food supply.

The property was immediately quarantined and neighboring properties with poultry will be notified about the situation. Remaining birds will be depopulated and will not enter the food supply. Following USDA protocols, surveillance and testing procedures will take place at properties near the affected facility to ensure the virus has not spread.

The H5 avian influenza virus was first detected in Wisconsin at a commercial chicken flock in Jefferson County on Monday, April 13, which led to the depopulation of more than 180,000 egg-laying chickens. Since then four additional flocks were detected in Barron, Juneau, Chippewa counties and another in Jefferson bringing the total of birds affected to about 1.2 million in Wisconsin. Multiple outbreaks of avian influenza have occurred most recently in Iowa, Minnesota, Missouri, Arkansas, the Dakotas and Kansas leading to the depopulation of nearly 7 million turkeys and chickens.

Dr. Paul McGraw, Wisconsin state veterinarian, amended a ban on poultry movement to shows, exhibitions and swap meets to include Chippewa County in addition to Jefferson, Barron and Juneau counties.

Wisconsinites are reminded that the avian influenza virus strain currently detected in Wisconsin and the other states presents low risk to public health. Poultry meat and egg products in the marketplace remain safe to eat. As always, both wild and domestic poultry should be properly cooked.

Officials are investigating how the virus entered the flock and may not have answers for some time. Until then, backyard poultry owners and other poultry producers are encouraged to practice good biosecurity and to take steps that prevent contact between their birds and wild birds. They also should monitor their flock closely and report sick or dead birds to DATCP at 1-800-572-8981."

For more information, visit: http://datcp.wi.gov/news/?Id=1281

4/22/15 EVENING UPDATE (From Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection)
Second avian influenza detection found in Jefferson county commercial egg-laying facility

"The Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection, in cooperation with the US Department of Agriculture is responding to a detection of H5 avian influenza in an 800,000 bird egg-laying chicken flock in Jefferson county. There are now five cases in Wisconsin. While lethal to domestic poultry, the strain of virus detected is not known to have caused disease in humans and is not expected to pose a risk to public health or the food supply."

For more information, visit: http://datcp.wi.gov/news/?Id=1278

4/22/15 MORNING UPDATE (From Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection)
Avian Influenza found in Chippewa County

"The Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection, in cooperation with the United States Department of Agriculture, is responding to a detection of H5 avian influenza in an 87,000 bird turkey flock in Chippewa county. There are now four cases in Wisconsin. While lethal to domestic poultry, the strain of virus detected is not known to have caused disease in humans and is not expected to pose a risk to public health or the food supply."

To learn more, visit: http://datcp.wi.gov/news/?Id=1276

4/17/15 UPDATE (From Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection)
Wisconsin state veterinarian bans poultry movement to control spread of H5N2 avian influenza virus

MADISON – To protect Wisconsin’s poultry industry from further spread of the H5N2 avian influenza virus, Dr. Paul McGraw, state veterinarian at the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP) has issued a ban on poultry movement to shows, exhibitions and swap meets in Jefferson, Juneau or Barron counties.

“We are taking the necessary precautions to limit the spread of avian influenza throughout the state of Wisconsin,” McGraw said. Wisconsin has three confirmed cases of avian influenza in the state since the virus was first found in the Midwest in March. Multiple outbreaks of avian influenza have occurred most recently in Iowa, Minnesota, Missouri, Arkansas, the Dakotas and Kansas leading to the depopulation of more than 1.5 million turkeys and chickens.

The ban prohibits any movement to, or participation in, any shows, exhibitions or swap meets held in the counties where H5N2 has already been found. Additionally, anyone owning a flock that is enrolled in the National Poultry Improvement Plan (NPIP), a flock that qualifies as an affiliate flock under the NPIP, or a flock that is enrolled as a Wisconsin tested flock or associate flock are also prohibited from movement to shows, exhibitions or swap meets in the three counties.

“Gathering poultry together increases the chances of exposure to the virus,” McGraw says. “Returning the same poultry to their home farms increases the likelihood of spreading the disease.”

Commercial poultry producers, backyard flock owners and poultry exhibitioners are encouraged to use proper biosecurity methods, including restricting poultry exposure to wild birds, washing hands before and after handling poultry, using dedicated clothing and boots when working with poultry, and cleaning and disinfecting cages and equipment used with poultry.

For more information, visit: http://datcp.wi.gov/news/?Id=1274

4/16/15 UPDATE (From Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection)

The second and third cases of avian influenza have been found in Wisconsin. The affected flocks were:

Juneau County - 40 mixed breed birds in a backyard flock
Barron County - 126,000 turkeys in a commercial turkey flock

Poultry producers are highly encouraged to practice good biosecurity steps to prevent exposure to their birds from wild birds. They also should monitor their flock closely and report sick or dead birds to DATCP at 1-800-572-8981


For more information, visit: http://datcp.wi.gov/news/?Id=1273

4/13/15 UPDATE (From the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection)

The H5N2 strain of Avian Influenza has been found in an egg-laying facility in southeastern Wisconsin. The Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection posted a news release on April 13, 2015. State veterinarian, Dr. Paul McGraw stated that, "We are following strict protocols to contain and eliminate the disease...[and] now that we have a confirmation, it's in a poultry owner's best interest to take precautions to minimize the effect that this strain of avian influenza will have on their flock".

McGraw has the following recommendations to protect your birds from avian influenza:

1. Keep your distance - Restrict access to your property and keep your birds away from other birds.

2. Keep it clean - Wash your hands thoroughly before and after working with your birds. Clean and disinfect equipment.

3. Don't haul disease home - Buy birds from reputable sources and keep new birds separated for at least 30 days.

4. Don't borrow disease - Do not share equipment or supplies with neighbors or other bird owners. If you must borrow, disinfect it first.

5. Know the warning signs - Early detection can help prevent the spread of disease. Check your birds frequently. If you find a sick or dead bird, don't touch it.

6. Report sick birds - Don't wait. If your birds are sick or dying, call DATCP at 1-800-572-8981.

The DATCP news release also stated that, "As a precaution, the Wisconsin Department of Health Sciences (DHS) is reaching out to monitor workers who may have been exposed to the virus. DATCP has also been working with the USDA.

For more information, visit: http://datcp.wi.gov/news/?Id=1270
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